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Thursday, October 17, 2013
EARTHQUAKES are one of nature’s enigma, it possess an immeasurable destructive force and hits unsuspectingly, the power of an earthquake at its fullest can tear apart mountains, and if the cases in Japan is more to your visual liking, it can take down the tallest of skyscrapers in an instant.
Last Tuesday as the Philippines went on a holiday celebrating Eid Al Adha, Bohol and the rest of the country was woken up by a huge 7.2 magnitude earthquake, one that not only shook national roads where the epicenter was close, but also took down deemed heritage sites, like the old church of Loboc, it was for many purposes pure visual horror, the site of a torn down remains of the old Spanish world that became rubble at the hands of a violent earthquake, rarely seen and felt in these parts of the world.
While many have felt shock and trauma, and various reported cases of damage done by the extended aftershocks even to buildings in neighboring Cebu City, we kind of are at the same position we were when disaster struck the Philippines, as Bohol survives and now braces for what seems to be huge costs in restructuring.
Filipinos are once again left with the burden of dealing with “what happens next?” How do we move on from here? And what of the next disaster that might strike? The inevitability as time has always shown to us is that disasters like these are bound to happen again in the near future.
And clearly manifestations of preparation have to start from day 1 of post Quake reconstruction. In the other cases where a 7.2 Magnitude earthquake struck, the outcomes were not so favorable, casualty rates numbering from around 100,000 during December 1908 in Italy, or the huge 222,517 of 2010 in Haiti, it almost seems like a miracle that only over a hundred reported cases of death were seen as an immediate consequence of this tragedy.
And now that we’ve gotten sober of the reality that another catastrophe might happen again, we need to start looking at more long term sustainable responses to another disaster, although earthquakes are by no way preventable, arguably the least preventable of all the other disasters, we can at least mitigate the damage by creating buildings that will be much more prepared to handle another incident, and educate people of what to do during an earthquake, should another catastrophe happen our best defense is information, knowing what to do, and where to go, it makes no sense since the geological make up of our country makes us risk prone to occurrences like this.
There have numerous catch phrases in testing our spirits, clearly the Filipinos are water-proof, and this case we have also proven that we are unshakable, there is no doubt we will be able to pick up from this disaster, but the manner of which we pick ourselves up has to be more certain, than ever before. Are we just going to put the pieces back together? Or are we going to ready ourselves to become even stronger? Indomitable, that should be our expression.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 17, 2013.