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Home Sections Ecology and the Environment Series of Earthquakes on July 24 Validates Bobby Reyes’ Warning Posted Less-than Five Days Earlier
Series of Earthquakes on July 24 Validates Bobby Reyes’ Warning Posted Less-than Five Days Earlier PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MabuhayRadio News Service   
Friday, 23 July 2010 23:06


By MabuhayRadio News Service


L ast Monday, July 19, 2010, at 0737H (Pacific Standard Time), Bobby M. Reyes posted this article,

It Is Just a Question of WHEN a Big Quake Will Devastate Areas in the Philippines


Less-than four days and 12 hours later, a series of four earthquakes hit Moro Gulf, off the Island of Mindanao’s Cotabato City.


Perhaps Filipino policy-and-decision makers should read again and heed what Bobby Reyes has been writing about the need for the Philippines to undertake the following suggested steps:


RP Must Undertake Earthquake-Education and Retrofitting Programs In View of Recent Quake-caused Disasters


A Series of Temblors Is Coming Nearer to RP and Gloria Arroyo Remains Indifferent to Plea for Earthquake-preparedness Program


As early as September 2005, Bobby Reyes sent a proposal to then President Arroyo about the need to operate hospital ships, as earthquakes usually devastate land-based hospital and medical facilities. To read about it, please click on this link,

Gloria Arroyo Misses a Golden Opportunity to Create a World-class Legacy of Leadership in Disaster Relief by Operating Hospital Ships


It seems that our editor, Bobby Reyes, has been showing an uncanny ability to write about events happening in the foreseeable future. He says that he receives from time to time visions that come in form of dreams. Let us hope that the visions of Mr. Reyes do not come true. Otherwise his dreams may turn into nightmares for the Filipino people.


H ere is the latest news from CNN about the earthquakes that hit the Island of Mindanao early Friday night (US Eastern Standard Time):


Earthquakes strike south of Philippines


A series of four strong earthquakes spanning just over an hour struck the Philippines' Moro Gulf on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


Three of the four earthquakes had magnitudes between 7.3 and 7.6; the other came in at a 5.4 magnitude. The first quake struck at 6:08 a.m. (6:08 p.m. ET Friday) and the fourth hit at 7:15 a.m. The last quake ran the deepest at 616 (382 miles) kilometers.


The epicenters of the quakes were about 100 kilometers (62 miles) off the coastal city of Cotabato and roughly 950 kilometers (590 miles) southeast of Manila.


No tsunami warning was immediately issued for any of the quakes.


There were no reports of damage, said Rona Faeldin of the Philippines Coast Guard. (Copyright by CNN) # # #

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 22:33
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1 Saturday, 24 July 2010 08:54
4 strong quakes rock RP
July 24, 2010, 9:03pm

Four successive earthquakes – magnitudes 6.9, 7.1, 7.1, 6.0 – jolted the country, particularly Mindanao, on Saturday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quakes at magnitude 7.3, 7.6, 7.4., and 6.5, respectively.

Phivolcs said the 6.9 magnitude quake was felt at about 6:08 a.m., with its epicenter located 94 kilometers southwest of Cotabato City with a depth of 599 kilometers. Intensity 2 was felt in Surigao City and General Santos City.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was tectonic in origin.

The second quake was measured at magnitude 7.1 and was located 97 kilometers southwest of Cotabato City with a depth of 570 kilometers. Intensity 2 was felt in Butuan City and Surigao City.

Phivolcs said the quake was felt at Intensity 4 in General Santos City; Intensity 3 in Davao City and the towns of Padada, Malita and Sta. Maria in Davao del Sur; Intensity 2 in Matanao, Davao del Sur; and Intensity 1 in Midsayap, North Cotabato.

Based on Phivolcs scale, an Intensity 4 earthquake is considered as moderately strong and felt generally by people indoors and by some people outdoors.

“Light sleepers are awakened. Vibration is felt like a passing of heavy truck. Hanging objects swing considerably. Dinner plates, glasses, windows and doors rattle. Floors and walls of wood framed buildings creak. Standing motor cars may rock slightly. Liquids in containers are slightly disturbed. Water in containers oscillate strongly. Rumbling sound may sometimes be heard,” the Phivolcs earthquake intensity scale cited.

The third quake was recorded at 7:15 a.m, also measuring magnitude 7.1. Its epicenter was located 98 kilometers southwest of Cotabato City with a depth of 638 kilometers.

Phivolcs said the quake, which was tectonic in origin at a depth of 638 kilometers, could have been caused by the deformation of subducted slab of the Molluca Sea Plate.

Intensity 4 was reported in Tanjay City and San Jose City in Negros Oriental; Intensity 3 in General Santos City, Lingig, Surigao del Sur, San Jose and Hantic, Antique; Intensity 3 in Irosin, Sorsogon and Sorsogon City; and Intensity 2 in Cotabato City, Kidapawan City, Dipolog City, Tacloban City, Davao City, Legaspi City, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, Dumaguete City, Manila, and Antipolo.

The fourth quake was recorded at 1:34 p.m. at magnitude 6.0. It was located 121 kilometers southeast of Sultan Kudarat with a depth of 592 kilometers.

Phivolcs said there were no reports of damage to property or casualties due to the earthquake.

However, it warned the residents of aftershocks.

Earthquakes are frequent in the Philippines because of several active fault lines in the country, noting that Phivolcs record earthquakes almost every day.

The country is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions encircle the basin of the Pacific Ocean. (With a report from PNA)

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