Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I was in UP this afternoon. I saw Coach J and we started talking. He asked me if I felt the earthquake this morning around 6:00. No, I did not. Was there one? He said he thought he was just hallucinating what with the 7.9 magnitude quake that hit China the other day until the guard hailed him and asked if he felt the quake.

We were still talking when we received text messages stating that according to the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 will hit Luzon, Philippines at 6:00 pm May 14, 2007. Added to the message was for the receiver of the message to please take care and forward the message.

The first thing that came to my mind was is an earthquake predictable now? Back when I was a student, my high school physics teacher said that no instrument that could predict an earthquake has been invented yet. Since my schooldays were eons ago, maybe such instrument has now been invented, patented and put to good use. I looked at my watch. It was 6:15pm. Has the predicted earthquake passed? Tick.Tock.Tick.Tock. The clock struck 8:00 pm. Still no earthquake. I went home with my son.

Upon arriving, I immediately turned on my desktop to browse U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program. There was no link or page that has something to do with the predicted earthquake in particular or earthquake prediction in general. I saw links on recent earthquake incidents. I did not know that there are hundreds of earthquakes that happen worldwide on a daily basis. As I continue to look for the prediction post a thought hit me. If earthquakes can be predicted as to the exact time, date and location, why was China not warned?

Simple. My high school physics teacher is still right.

The circulated warning was based on the early morning earthquake that occurred in 16.461°N, 122.273°E, Luzon, Philippines at 5:48 AM! Talk about irresponsible people!
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Posted by desperateblogger On 5/14/2008 11:12:00 PM 4 comments

4 comments:

  1. I got the same text message early this evening too. Didn't bother to check, I just knew that it's a lie. Same thing happened when I was still in gradeschool.

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  2. I've heard that the Chinese quake apparently moved the tectonic plates of China and the region of Tibet apart. That being said, I've heard, too, that it is perhaps a 'divine intervention' in favor of the Tibetan people and monks for separating their part of the world a 'tectonic' apart from China. Talk about attaining their liberation in a geological way, one that is an extremely gradual process.

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  3. Sus ginoo...buti na lang wala kang sakit sa puso. Yung ibang tao talaga walang magawa noh?

    So? milyonarya na ba tayo? Let me know para maka pag impake na 'ko. Magka kape tayo, di ba?

    Juliana

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  4. splice: ummm... that's a thought. but i heard that the dalai lama is really enjoying his exile.

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