Sam I Am Blog

My Newspaper of News, Lifestyle,Culture

Samar–Leyte Earthquake Aftermath

with 4 comments

Earthquake Memoir

Samar – Leyte Earthquake Aftermath

by Samuel E. Warren Jr,

Today is Monday, September 3, 2012 in the Republic of the Philippines. In Barangay Baras, Leyte, life has returned to normal.

The Friday night, August 31, 2012 earthquake at 8:47 p.m., came as a surprise. Mano Bito Mora, and our nephews and nieces were watching the movie, “The Bourne Identity”Chrismar Roa, Ranyiel Saldana, Ranillo Saldana, Gilbert Roa, Junea Tanhale, and Vanissa Saldana. My wife, Christy Warren watched TV and knitted on an afghan.

Writing My Election Year Political Editorial

I sat at the laptop, writing a political editorial: “The Worser Of Two Evils,” were I compared this year’s monotonous American Presidential Election Campaign to 1972, where all American voters had were the selected Democrat and Republican Party nominees. What American’s wanted was a leader; in 1972, they did not believe they had a choice other than Democrat and Republican.

I don’t believe “History repeats itself.” I believe “History being cyclical, more or less rewinds to allow a new version of current events to unfold. Senator Eugene McCarthy in 1972, I believed was a leader in the Democratic Party, but, the Republicans were creative enough to label him a “Dove” in the ongoing debate over the Vietnam War and that label “doomed” his chances.

I point out that like 1972, in 2012, American Voters want a leader and a choice. I don’t see a choice in 2012. The Republicans have given Americans a rich Republican. Herbert Hoover, an orphan, who became a self-made millionaire was a Republican president, who sat in the White House and watched America come apart in The Great Depression.

We, Americans have the current Democrat, President Obama, who has let Congress keep him sedated in The Oval Office for four years.

The US Economy and the Global Economy is Stagnant Standing Water that on the best day seems to seep, but no longer flows because leaders seem “clueless” as to “how to open the dam” and get the global economy flowing.

I had made these and other points in my political editorial, when everyone jumped up and headed for the door.

Earthquake!

Earthquake, Christy shouted and dashed out the door behind the kids. The lights went out. “Brown out,” everyone shrieked. “Black out,” I grumbled stepping out the door.

Fortunately, it was a Full Moon, so the night was not that dark. The old years of military training kicked in – I made sure everyone was present and accounted for.

I had felt the ground move under my feet for a minute or so. You could feel the energy of the earth under your feet, as I had stepped outside on to the porch. Gilbert Roa, my nephew, had tuned into the Tagalog news reports on his cell phone and the kids were huddled around him to listen. I glanced back and through the window, noticed the light of my laptop glowing into the darkness.

Once a newsman; always a newsman. I went back and sit down at the laptop. I didn’t find any reports within the first few minutes, so I logged on to facebook and posted that we had had an earthquake that was felt in Barangay Baras.

I checked for breaking news and found a short release from the United States Geologic Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Inquirer Net of the Philippine Inquirer. The initial releases all claimed 7.9 magnitude.

The Numbers Game Of Natural Disasters

I told my brother in law, Ramon, come sunrise, I’m sure they will downgrade that magnitude number. In my career as a reporter, I have reported on hurricanes in Louisiana and earthquakes in the Philippines; I have learned in crisis and natural disasters, people usually “go with their best guess at the time.”

Human nature means we all need some way to relate to an explain natural disasters. Thus, over time the system of numbers developed to help people to explain the intensity of a natural disaster.

Having covered natural disasters through the years, I have taken time to do research on hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

Usually the experts will decide on a “number” that represents “an Armageddon, Apocalypse, Doomsday, End Of The World scenario.” Based on my research, I was convinced that come sunrise “the experts” would have to “downgrade’ the number.

Mother Nature Doesn’t Use A Day Planner

The earthquake happened on “a Friday night.” It happened “on the weekend.” Thus, without knowing the duty rosters of the “experts” organizations, I knew the earthquake happened on the “night shift, at the start of the weekend.”

My guess, based on human nature and experience is the people on duty monitoring Mother Earth, were, for the most part, single men and women, who would be on duty while most if not all the married people were at home with their families.

Thus, when the quake happened, the veteran senior earthquake experts were probably all at home with their families. Therefore, it would be the young researchers monitoring the planet and reacting to the sudden natural event.

My theory about 7.9 being “Too High A Number” was right. Now, the number has been downgraded.

Absence of Aftershocks ?

What impressed me about this earthquake, was I felt no aftershocks. In my experience, earthquakes ALWAYS have aftershocks. In Barangay Baras, Leyte, I waited until almost 1 am, to feel an aftershock. I did not feel an aftershock.

Yet, my gut instinct, tells me seismic devices probably did record some type of faint tremors because the shifting of the plates suggests that some of the excess energy had to go somewhere on the planet.

Higher Ground

Within minutes after the earthquake, vehicles and people were moving along the Barangay Baras Road. I learned the next day that a tsunami warning had been issued for low-lying areas near the ocean. The City of Tanauan is a low-lying area that borders Pedro Bay, which is a child of the Pacific Ocean.

Drive through Tacloban City and on to The San Juanico Bridge and you are on the long bridge that connects the island of Leyte with the island of Samar. Thus, an ocean earthquake, near Tanauan or Tacloban City is going to cause people to move inland to seek “higher ground.”

Some of the residents of Barangay Mohon and Barangay Cameri are said to spent the night sleeping in the schools, since they didn’t feel safe returning home. Residents of Tanauan and Tacloban City are also reported to have spent the night in one of the schools.

Blue Moon Over Leyte

In glancing at different news headlines, a reference to “Blue Moon In Pisces” caught my eye. I left my ephemeris back in the United States when we moved to the Philippines.

What I have learned about Western Astrology through the years, a “Blue Moon” in a water related Zodiac sign in Pisces would definitely be an indication of some eye-opening activity involving water.

The moon scientifically exerts a gravitational “pull” on the earth. Almanacs use this knowledge to predict “high” and “low” tides. The moon works on a lunar cycle. Every woman on planet earth is aware of the lunar cycle, whether they realize it or not because the moon, or it’s gravitational “pull” affects the biological changes in a woman’s body.

Believe it or not hospitals and law enforcement agencies know that a “Full Moon” is going to give them a “busy night shift.” Every month has at least one Full Moon. Sometimes a month will have two Full Moons. It is the “Third Full Moon” that is rare. A “Blue Moon” is a Full Moon that happens “twice” in the same zodiac sign in the same year. While the moon is not blue in color, the phrase, “Once in a blue moon,” reminds us that this type of Full Moon is rare.

The Western Astrology Zodiac Signs of Water are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Water in people is described as “emotions.” The Water Sign of Cancer rules babbling brooks and small streams of water.

The Water Sign of Scorpio rules larger bodies of water like the Amazon River, the Nile and the Mississippi River, thus, the Scorpio adage of “Still water runs deep.”

The Water Sign of Pisces is “The Mother Of All Large Bodies Of Water.” Pisces rules the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and all the “Seven Seas.” It is left up to the oceanographers and astrologers to figure out which massive lakes come under Scorpio or Pisces.

An astrological indication of a “Blue Moon in Pisces” based on traditional Western astrology suggests “Motion In The Ocean.” Fortunately, the scientific experts were watching for the motion in the ocean to issue the tsunami warnings in the Pacific.

Saturday, Sunday Smooth Sailing

Saturday, I didn’t notice any earthquake related damage in Barangay Baras. Saturday morning, my nieces and some of the nephews attended the Special Mass at the Barangay Cameri Church.

Saturday evening, I looked at the clock as the lights came back on at 10:22 p.m.

Sunday, Ramon, Ranillo and I went to Tacloban City and Tanauan. I did not see any earthquake or tidal wave related damage in the area. From what I have seen the island of Leyte was fortunate and did not sustain the damage that is being reported that happened on the nearby island of Samar.

Sam

Advertisements

4 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. […] TravelThe Banyan Tree Bangkok Guest’s Ultimate Guide to the Seven Regions of ThailandSamar–Leyte Earthquake Aftermath ul.legalfooter li{ list-style:none; float:left; padding-right:20px; } .accept{ display:none; […]

    Learn Indian Geographically

    September 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    • Indian Geography,

      I appreciate your travel link to my blog site. Your readers and visitors should be aware that the majority of articles will relate to my Life in the United States and the Philippines. Plus, I publish photos I took in the US and the Philippines.

      Sam

      samwarren55

      September 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

  2. I am frequently to blogging and i also truly appreciate your posts.
    Your content has actually peaks my interest. I am
    about to bookmark your web site and keep checking for brand spanking new details.

    reverse cell phone lookup

    October 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    • Maggie,

      Thank you for the compliment. I try to write on a wide range of topics.

      Sam

      samwarren55

      October 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: