what to do during an earthquake (and why the “drop, cover & hold on” principle is the best)
The US Department of State advises its citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan until the end of March.
Why top Filipino architect Felino Palafox believes Manila and its environs are a disaster waiting to happen, should a big earthquake happen in the Philippines today
It makes me think: how safe are Manila government buildings and infrastructures, when corruption is involved in undertaking these projects? Were it not for nature’s fury, I only have the highest admiration for Japanese contractors and architects because their structures are really built to withstand earthquakes. Here’s a video of skyscrapers swaying in Tokyo last March 11, 2011 where strong aftershocks continue to grip residents:
And images of the scene in Miyagi Prefecture the morning after.
Let us all pray for the souls of those who perished in the massive earthquake and tsunami which swept Japan and the speedy recovery of the affected families. It looks like post-World War II all over again where Japan has to embark on a heavy rebuilding and recovery efforts.
Truth to tell, hubby and I were all set to go to Japan, until the tragedy happened. I started out all excited about going there, as it’s been a long time since my visit to Tokyo in 2005. Now am a wee bit wary about going to earthquake country. It just doesn’t feel right being a tourist when almost every Japanese is depressed about what happened to their countrymen 🙁