Another magnitude 7.x earthquake hits us

According to the PHIVOLCS, the strength of the earthquake that hit us yesterday was comparable to that of 30 atomic bombs.

It’s very strong. Lives and properties, including historic structures, were lost to that particular earthquake. While we live far from the epicenter, we live close enough to have felt it.

It’s at times like these when people remember God. But it can only be so sad because they’d remember him as a punisher. They’ll want to pray to Him to “appease” Him, so to speak. As if He is a wrathful one, like the gods of old.

So-called religious leaders will call to people to repent because “God is angry and He is punishing the wicked” echoing those times from eons ago when people would say “The gods are angry!” whenever something unusual and wrong happens.

Why can’t people just believe what science says? That the plates of the Earth move causing what we feel as earthquakes?

A lot of time, money and effort has been spent doing research on these things. People wanted to understand how these things happen and now we do.

Or even the Bible itself? Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 says,

 

“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.

“For man knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.”

 

Wrong things can happen to anyone anytime. Even the writers of the Bible acknowledge that fact. King Solomon of Israel wrote this down for us.

Why can’t people know that?

God is capable of doing something so trivial. If He can create all the beautiful world we live in, He is more than capable of moving a small bit of it.

But He is a loving God. Why can’t people understand that?

Why do people always look for someone, anyone to blame?

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1.3 meters of Panic

March 11, 2011. Japan was rocked by an earthquake that hit 8.9 on the Richter scale. Fires followed. Later, tsunami that reached up to 33 feet hit land.

An earthquake of that magnitude will certainly reach other lands and affect them in one way or another. So, some provinces in the Philippines were given an “Alert Level 2” by the PHIVOLCS. This list includes the place where I live. It’s not a time to start evacuating or to be doing forced evacuations, according to SOP, but some people from select places were told to evacuate.

See, according to a representative from PAGASA who spoke on the radio, the alert levels can be interpreted as “Ready. Set. Go!”. This relates to evacuation. On one, everyone should be ready for anything. On two, everyone should already be set and prepared to run, if the need be. On three, people should already be fleeing.

This is the information they kept on repeating during the radio program. At the same time, reminding people not to panic. However, there is this little curious information that I only heard once. It is about the estimated height: 1.3 meters.

Exactly how high is 1.3 meters? How much damage can a wave of 1.3 meters do? Why are we being given that much of an alert level?

This is not just some rant or an attempt to vent out the worry I’ve felt because of these alert issues. It is a call to the authorities to give accurate, proper, and complete information so as not to ensue panic.

What happened today was very similar, if not exactly the same, as what happened during the Haiti quake. An alert was raised, local government officials moved about to give out information, the police sirens were wailing about, and people were trying to get to higher ground.

It was midday when I got
Is this really something that people should be made to panic about? No matter how much you say, “Don’t panic”, there will always be people who worry too much. A worry which will soon spread like the domino effect.

If this will always be what we get at times like these, people might get tired. Soon enough, they might just stop listening altogether just like the ones the boy who cried, “Wolf!”, were calling to.

Haiti Needs Our Help

In as much as I don’t want to put a break in the series, I have to. The Haitians need our help.

The year has just started but Haiti is unfortunate enough to have already been hit by an earthquake that measured 7 on the Richter scale. Millions of Haitians are in need of assistance.

News has said that the Haitians already need to prepare for a high death toll. Just a day after the huge quake, it has been speculated that there could be as much as 30,000-50,000 people dead. Now, it is estimated that as much as 100,000 people could be dead.

For the people who are lucky enough to survive, most of them are left homeless. They desperately need our help.

World Food Programme was fortunately already on the ground in Haiti, and we have extensive stocks of emergency food that we’re able to ship across.  Additionally, because many houses have been destroyed, and people have no access to cooking facilities, we will focus on the distribution of high energy biscuits in the initial phase of this emergency operation.

Help Haiti Now

Care2.com also give a list on a few ways how you can help Haiti here.

Also, you can do an activity or two in my SocialVibe badge at my sidebar [look left]. I am supporting Music for Relief which is currently helping the people in Haiti. Thank you!