A powerful earthquake at magnitude 8.9 has struck Japan at 2:46 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011, shaking buildings in Tokyo for several minutes and sending people out into the streets, the Associated Press reported. The quakes and tsunamis resulted to more than 10,000 dead and few thousands missing.

Many people were troubled after the Japan quakes and tsunamis because of the possible tsunamis that will hit also some Asian countries. Later, the neighboring countries of Japan just experienced small tsunamis and had lifted tsunami alerts afterwards.

Earlier today and yesterday, some people have discussed the possibility of huge earthquakes that will happen in Metro Manila because of the Marikina Fault Line system. Below is a repost of a 2009 news and events article reported by United Nations for the Philippines about possible huge disaster (earthquake) that will happen in the future to Metro Manila area.

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The United Nations is advising the Philippines to be ready for an upcoming big earthquake. A quake with a magnitude of 7.2 or higher on the Richter scale is sure to hit Metro Manila, they say, but the bigger question is when exactly this will happen.

The Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI) report published in 2004 predicts that an earthquake with a high magnitude will surely occur because of the Philippine Fault Zone (also called the Marikina Valley Fault System), but experts can’t predict when this disaster may happen.

According to the report, the death toll may reach about 35,000, some 145,000 people may be injured while around 175,000 buildings will be damaged.

Where exactly is the West Marikina Valley Fault Line? It lies northeast of Manila and traverses Marikina, Pasig going to Muntinlupa down to the south.

Instead of being afraid and all panicky, we should make sure we are ready should an earthquake happen. And for those who are located at fault line or near the said fault line make sure to leave the place as soon as possible, it is much better to avoid as early as possible than to wait for the disaster to happen.

Here are some earthquake safety tips to remember.

What to do – Before the Earthquake
  • Arrange your home for safety: Store heavy objects on lower shelves and store breakable objects in cabinets with latched doors. Don’t hang heavy mirrors or pictures above where people frequently sit or sleep.
  • Store flammable liquids away from potential ignition sources.
  • Stock up on emergency supplies. These include: battery operated radio (and extra batteries), flashlights (and extra batteries), first aid kit, bottled water, two weeks food and medical supplies, blankets, cooking fuel, tools needed to turn off your gas, water and electric utilities.
  • Learn what to do during an earthquake (see During the Earthquake)

What to do – During the Earthquake
  • If outdoors, move to an open area where falling objects are unlikely to strike you.
  • If driving, slow down smoothly and stop on the side of the road. Avoid stopping on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs.
  • If indoors, quickly move to a safe location in the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall. The goal is to protect yourself from falling objects and be located near the structural strong points of the room.

What to do – After the Earthquake
  • Check for injuries and attend to people who may need help.
  • If the power is out, unplug appliances to prevent possible damage when the power is turned back on.
  • If you smell or hear a gas leak, get everyone outside and open windows and doors. If you can do it safely, turn off the gas at the meter.
  • If the building is badly damaged, evacuate immediately.

The only powerful thing we can do is to pray it won’t happen.

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