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Old October 3rd, 2006, 06:31 PM   #201
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Thanks for the update Horace. I was concerned about those century-old trees lining up the UP oval. It's good they are still sturdy enouugh to withstand the typhoon.

I'm glad that they have restored electricity in your area right away. I hope that the situation is better now, expecially in those areas really hit by the storm.

It makes us wonder about the wrath of Mother Nature.

@Tsinoy: That is quite a sight. Even the street gave way. Must have something to do with forest denudation.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #202
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Hochi Abaya's last batch of Milenyo photos

No Electricity!

This is new! An array of electric meters resting on the dangling world famous spaghetti wires of the Philippines! I think they are trying to compete with the unique raining billboards of EDSA.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 09:24 AM   #203
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Wow ibang klase ito ah. Bagyong Milenyo ba talaga ang nagpatumba sa posteng yan o sumobra na lang ang dami ng electric meters nakasabit sa poste?
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Old October 4th, 2006, 10:25 AM   #204
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Both UP Diliman and UP Los Baños were greatly affected with the typhoon Milenyo. I think there were already instructions from different government agencies both national and local level to clean and rehabilitate these affected areas. I've even seen on front page news yesterday some soldiers cleaning up UP Diliman.

With the continuous efforts to reconstruct and rehabilitate the affected areas coupled with continuous relief, medical operations and financial assistance to families who were affected and deprived of their livelihood, we will be able to move forward.
This is at least one issue on which the administration and the opposition agree: the removal of billboards that pose a hazard to the public. Opposition lawmakers laud the "political will" of the admin in "putting its foot down" in regard to this issue. Malacanang has designated the head of the DPWH as responsible for removing the said billboards.

I don't understand the contention of some that the government's decision to tear down the hazardous billboards are a violation of the law. The government has the authority to do this under its police power in the interest of public safety.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 12:00 PM   #205
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Learning from ‘Milenyo’
VIEWS FROM A BRIT
By Mike Wootton

THE power has just come back on, having been off since Thursday morning. Now I know what it is like to live without water and electricity—difficult, it saps the psyche and brings with it a focus centered on the shortage of water and electricity. Difficult to get other things in priority. Mind you, water was available fairly close by (0.5 km) and it was possible to drive to get it, as it was also possible to buy emergency lights. So we were much better off than many Filipinos who have to go a long way to get water, often on foot and who do not have the benefit of electricity.

Typhoon Milenyo knocked out Metro Manila for several days. In particular it knocked out Meralco. Considering that the Philippines has one of the highest electricity costs in the world (second highest after Cambodia on an affordability basis), one may wonder why the power was out for several days. Why the vast resources of Meralco didn’t swing into action to repair some minor problems in a well-maintained electricity distribution system. Meralco in fact struggles to maintain an efficient electricity distribution system for its customers, it does not have vast resources, it is at the very end of the profit chain in electricity costings in the Philippines. The real money is made further up the chain.

Meralco and the Department of Energy have said that the cost of Milenyo rectification work will not be passed to the consumer and we can breathe a sigh of relief for that! But who will bear the cost? Four (or more) days’ income will have been lost by Meralco and considerable additional cost will have been incurred in rectification works. Perhaps the recently improved state of the Philippines economy may allow for more government borrowings to help Meralco out of its plight, but is this the best way to cover the cost of this natural event?

The consequences of Milenyo point up the fragility of the Philippines infrastructure. That one of the largest cities in Asean can be paralyzed for several days by an event, which should not have been entirely unexpected is not a good sign for investors. Electricity is a critical part of the infrastructure. ATMs were off line for days, stores ran out of supplies, filling stations had irregular supplies of fuel with consequent long lines of customers waiting to be served causing road blockages, traffic lights were out causing more road chaos. Many consequences happened that were in themselves unforeseen.

It needs money, of course, to make for a more resilient infrastructure, and the recent improvements in the Philippines economy should eventually produce more money in the system. It takes time though to accumulate sufficient funding and have it fully distributed to develop a more robust infrastructure. Events such as Milenyo just put the clock back and worse, risk discouraging investors.

The lesson to be learned here is that fully recognizing the fragility of the infrastructure, mechanisms need to be available within the Philippines government to cope better with natural disasters that are likely to happen in the Philippines (and there are quite a lot of possibilities). The economy is as fragile as the infrastructure, people understand that and that it will take time to improve, the Philippines is not a developed economy. Foreign investors should not be led into thinking that the whole of Metro Manila will be paralyzed if a typhoon occurs which comes south of the normal typhoon track; there have been stronger typhoons than Milenyo, what if one of those hits Metro Manila? Its down to disaster preparedness again but facing the realities of the real availability of resources to deal with such events. So a robust plan is needed and no doubt plans are being updated as I write this column, but please lets make them realistic, imagining or wishing that you can do what is not possible just causes disappointments and damages credibility, and the Philippines cannot afford to do that internationally.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #206
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What saddens me the most are the uprooted trees.
Same. MM already lacks trees, and now many of them have been uprooted. Are they gonna replant or replace these trees? Or is there no way to save the trees?

Thanks for the thread, cosmo. I've been wanting to see pics of the typhoon and its aftermath.
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Old October 5th, 2006, 02:41 AM   #207
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I think they are quicker on replanting billboards almost the size of soccer stadiums than trees.
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Old October 5th, 2006, 06:05 AM   #208
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Thanks for the pics Dvorak!
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Grabe ang bagyo dito sa Makati!!! Ngayon lang ako nakaranas nang ganito kalakas na hangin.. mukhang direct hit talaga ni Milenyo.. went to ayala to get some lunch sa mcdo.. grabe.. may mga punong nagliliparan sa ayala.. natumba tuloy yung mga bagong tanim na puno





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matindi damage nitong si Milenyo.. daming nabunot na puno.. last yatang na direct hit ang Metro Manila nang bagyo eh nung 1995 pa..

Here are some pics of Paseo De Roxas (legaspi side) after the storm..













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Old October 6th, 2006, 11:58 AM   #209
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NENENG's GONE!

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4.8 quake jolts Surigao, Butuan City

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale shook parts of the Caraga region before dawn Friday, according to the Philippine Institute of Vulcanology and Seismology.

The epicenter of the quake of tectonic origin was located 95 kilometers northeast off Siargao Island.

An intensity 4 quake occurred in Surigao del Norte while intensity 2 quake was recorded in Butuan City.

Authorities said no damage or casualty from the temblor was reported.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 05:30 AM   #210
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THE REAWAKENING: Bulusan ejects ash anew

Article posted October 11, 2006, 9:26 am
Reawakening after three months of slumber, Mount Bulusan in central Philippines spewed ash for the second straight day, state volcanologists said Wednesday.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the ash blew southwest towards Irosin and Bulusan towns in Sorsogon province.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr was quoted by dzBB radio as saying that, "The ash that fell on the ground was as high as 4.5 mm in San Roque village in the Bulusan town proper."

Despite the volcano's recent heightened activity, Solidum said there is no decision yet to raise the alert status warning in Bulusan from the current alert level 1.

He said the ashfall measured 1.5 mm in Sto. Domingo village in Irosin town.

Ash was 2-mm thick in nearby Patag village, and measured 3.5 mm in Mapaso village. Residents in Mombon village also reported similar incidents in their area.

Meanwhile in Bulusan town, ashfall measured 4.5 mm in San Roque village, 2.5 mm in San Rafael village and 3 mm in San Francisco.

Last Tuesday afternoon, Bulusan came to life anew after months of calm and ejected ash towards villages in its southwest side.

Casiguran Mayor Edwin Hamor said they heard the explosion at about 5:16 p.m., and another one at 5:35 p.m.

"It was louder than before. We just hope the ash falls into the sea," he said in an interview on dzBB radio Tuesday evening.

However, Hamor said the town is not ready for an evacuation as Sorsogon was among the most heavily damaged by typhoon Milenyo, which lashed Bicol and Southern Luzon last September.

Schoolbuildings which could have served as evacuation centers are in "no shape" to house residents, the mayor said.

Volcanologists sounded the alarm on Bulusan last March 21 when the volcano exhibited high level of activity. However, it eventually calmed down until Phivolcs lowered the alert level from 2 to 1 last July 29.

Phivolcs also reminded Wednesday residents to stay clear of the volcano's four-kilometer permanent danger zone.

Solidum said Bulusan's ash plume reached as high as 3 km.

"There is no major concern for an eruption at this time but those living near the four-kilometer danger zone must be careful," he said.

He reminded residents that even before the ash explosion, the volcano had been on Alert Level 1, meaning a four-kilometer permanent danger zone must have been maintained.-GMANews.TV
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Old October 11th, 2006, 06:39 AM   #211
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^Naku, NDCC should prepare for this before further explosion could happen which will affect the families near the area. Disaster- preparedness drills should be conducted.

I also learned that the RP-Taiwan border is also rocked by a series of earthquakes. As one of my Natural Science professor said, this is good for the earth. It's just that, we have to be prepared for it.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:05 AM   #212
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I also learned that the RP-Taiwan border is also rocked by a series of earthquakes. As one of my Natural Science professor said, this is good for the earth. It's just that, we have to be prepared for it.
good for the earth? bakit? hanggang anung intensity un good? 2? sorry ha, daming questions. ang nabasa ko dati, nasa 10,000 earthquakes ang nagaganap sa earth daily. but those earhquakes are of very low intensity that anyone could hardly feel it. kahit ata nakatitig ka sa glass of water during earhquake, ndi cya gagalaw.
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Sabi ng professor ko, it's good for the earth kasi nag rere align uli yung mga fault lines, if I remember it correctly. It's a natural thing kaya maganda para sa earth (as in the earth, literally) kung meron mang earthquakes.

We have not discussed though kung hanggang saang intensity yung good for the earth. Sorry for limited information that I have with regard to that area.

By the way,we should prepare for "Ompong", another typhoon to visit the Philippines. Maybe the concerned government agencies should see to it that no further damage or the least damage in the infrastructure sector.

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ah, ok. thanks!
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Old October 21st, 2006, 03:59 AM   #215
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Lumindol pala kagabi?

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits RP

Article posted October 20, 2006, 11:33 pm
A 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines Friday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The quake struck at 10:30 p.m. with its epicenter located some 35 kilometers south of Boac, Marinduque.

The temblor was also felt at intensity 4 in Manila and Batangas, 3 in Makati and 2 in Quezon City.

The quake might have been caused by the movement of the tectonic plates near the Lubang Fault, Phivolcs said.

Earthquakes of this size could not generate a tsunami, Phivolcs said.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities or serious damage. GMANews.TV and INQ7.net
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 08:08 AM   #216
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napapadalas nga un pag-lindol. meron nun friday (mga apat na beses ata). tapos nun saturday night meron din daw (pero di ko naramdaman kc sobrang pagod at puyat na ako).

sabi ng workmate ko kanina, one week (since friday) pa raw na makakaranas ng paglindol pero mild lang naman daw kaya wag mag-panic according to phivolcs.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 08:11 AM   #217
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^ Yeah, limang lindol daw
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Old October 25th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #218
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Sa mga nakahinumdom...linog sang 2003-04

Pahibalo sa mga Ilonggo Forumers nga yara sa Iloilo kag Antique sang tuig 2004:
Sa mga nakahinumdom sa serye sang mga linog na natabo sang nagligad nga tuig-2004 sa Iloilo kag Antique, ari ang isa ka primer halin sa PHIVOLCS para ma-claro sa tanan kon nga-a me ara sang serye sang mga pag-linog (sa pagkahinumdom ko, nakabatyag ko sang 4 ka beses sa isa lang ka academic year..ato pa ako sa Miag-ao)

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PRIMER ON THE JANUARY 2004 EARTHQUAKE SWARM AT ANINI-Y, ANTIQUE


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What is happening in Anini-y, Antique?
A phenomenon called earthquake swarm is currently happening in Anini-y. A seismic swarm is a clustering of earthquake events in space and time. The Anini-y swarm started on January 15, 2004 at 12:43 AM, and is still ongoing to date. Most of these earthquakes are generally small (magnitude <5), but 12 of these have been felt with intensities between PEIS II to V. The quakes were felt with relatively strong intensities at Anini-y even if they were generally small in magnitude because their hypocenters were shallow and located near the municipality.

Have earthquake swarms occurred in the vicinity of Anini-y before?
In the past decade, periods of earthquake swarm have indeed occurred – in 1996-97, 1999, and 2001. About 100 earthquakes were recorded during each swarm event. During these instances, the earthquakes were unfelt because they were located far from the town.
Large-magnitude earthquakes have also affected Panay Island in the past!
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake was recorded near Panay Island in 1948. During this earthquake, 9 churches in Panay Island were severely damaged. Another earthquake in June 14, 1990 had a magnitude of 7.1. It was felt at Intensity VII in Culasi, Antique and caused damage to some houses, buildings, and bridges.

Why do earthquakes occur around Panay Island?
The southern part of Panay Island is located in a known active “collision zone” of tectonic plates, as manifested by the Negros Trench and some thrust faults in Panay Island. Past earthquake swarms and large-magnitude earthquakes occurred near this collision zone and faults.

Can these present earthquakes indicate volcanic activity?
No. The geology of Panay Island does not indicate the presence of any young volcanoes. The southwestern tip of Panay Island, for example, consists of marine and pyroclastic (volcanic) rocks that are older than 2 million years. Volcanism associated with the Negros Trench occurs along a corridor farther away to the east from the trench in Negros Island. Considering the geologic and tectonic setting of the region, the possibility of any volcano growing in Panay Island is nil.

Why are there hotsprings in Anini-y?
Hotsprings indicate that there is a source of heat beneath the surface of the earth. The heat source may be plutonic rocks located at depth, which can retain heat for hundreds of thousands of years. Circulating water comes in contact with the plutonic rocks through cracks in the ground, and comes out to the surface as hotsprings.

What can we expect from the current earthquake activity?
There are two possibilities. First, the 2004 swarm may remain just that – a cluster of small-magnitude earthquakes similar to the previous periods of earthquake swarm that did not culminate in a large-magnitude, damaging earthquake. Second, the swarm may be foreshocks of a larger-magnitude earthquake.
There is no absolute way to determine whether the current activity is just a swarm or a prelude to a larger earthquake. The earthquake pattern appears similar to the swarms in the last decade, but the second possibility cannot be totally discounted. The present state of technology in the world is not capable of reliably predicting which of the 2 possibilities will happen.

What should we do?
The best course of action is preparedness - the damaging effects of earthquakes can be minimized if we prepare ourselves for the event. Because a large-magnitude earthquake, either from the Negros Trench/collision zone, or from any of the known active faults in the island, may affect Panay Island, it is always prudent to prepare for such an eventuality.
What can we expect in the event of a large-magnitude/high-intensity earthquake?
Strong ground shaking may cause extensive damage to, or even the collapse of houses, buildings, bridges, and other infrastructures. Collapsed structures usually account for most of the casualties during a strong earthquake. Falling objects may also cause injuries.
Aside from strong ground shaking, what other seismic hazards are life threatening?
Landslides, rock falls, and other types of mass movements may occur in mountainous or hilly areas.
Liquefaction may affect low-lying, water-logged areas near the coast or at the banks of rivers.
A strong earthquake occurring offshore may also generate tsunamis – large sea waves – that may sweep coastal areas. There is practically not enough lead time to warn for a locally-generated tsunami. If a nearby earthquake source generated a tsunami, it may reach the shore in as short a time as 3-5 minutes, and may sweep away nipa huts and boats along with unprepared residents.

What is the role PHIVOLCS?
PHIVOLCS operates and maintains a network of 64 seismic stations spread across the Philippines. Seven of these – in Anini-y, Roxas, Kalibo, Cuyo, Guimaras, Odiongan, and San Jose (Mindoro) – are located in or around Panay Island. Data from the seismic stations are used to determine the locations of earthquakes, as well as the characteristics of the earthquakes generated.
Aside from monitoring the occurrences of earthquakes, PHIVOLCS also conducts hazards analysis and assessment, and make these information available to the public. PHIVOLCS works hand-in-hand with other government agencies in mitigating the damaging effects of earthquakes.

Please visit our website at http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph for earthquake bulletins, volcano updates, and other information on earthquakes and volcanoes.
For the benefit of the others.

Panay Island was rocked by series of earthquakes that rocked the island in 2003-2004. Historically speaking, the island was rocked by one of the strongest earthquakes in the 20th century in the country (although no casualties were reported) but toppled down churches and the Jaro Belfry. It was known locally as "Lady Kalaykay". The year - 1948.

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Old October 25th, 2006, 02:04 PM   #219
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^ Thanks for the translation Berniemack, it made me understand your post well
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Old October 27th, 2006, 11:16 AM   #220
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According to last night's news, the country will be experiencing a not so cold Christmas season as we meet El Ni%u00F1o later this year. This could trigger water shortage concerns which should be properly addressed by government agencies concerned so that the people will be prepared for any such circumstance.

We can help on our own by conserving water.
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