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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tsunami Warning Lifted


My sister, her husband, her daughter and neighbors endured an overnight stay at an evacuation center last night for the first time. Philippine government agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued an alert level two for possible occurrence of tsunami to some provinces within Philippines Archipelago. The 8.9 magnitude quake in Tokyo Japan triggered the tsunami. Philippines was issued tsunami warnings, along with Russia, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.

These were the 19 provinces alerted for tsunami warnings yesterday. Quoting from news reports, tsunami would hit between 5pm to 7pm, (UTC+08:00) time in the Philippines.

Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur.

Local television networks broadcast tsunami waves will arrive in two hours intervals around one meter in height. The warning was lifted at around 11:30pm, Friday. My sister and all those who evacuated to a higher ground decided to stay until mid morning of the next day. It was to assure nothing will happen as they monitored the movement of the waves close to their place of residence. There were reports of occurrence of tide movements however it was only for two feet and few inches. I was relieved when the tsunami warning was finally lifted for the entire archipelago.

I am sure my countrymen shared the same relief. God answered our prayers. My sister sent me SMS at mid morning today. They were backed home safe, about to sleep.

16 comments:

Cheqna said...

good to know that u all are ok, take care JP :-)

beanizer_05 said...

i'm glad your sis (my auntie?) is safe:)
my cousin in Tokyo stayed in his office when the calamity happened. My other cousin said they thought it is their end..thank God they are safe :)
God did answer our prayers..

Jolly Princess said...

@Cheqna - Yes, I am safe thank you. Manila is not threatened by tsunami.@beanizer_05- Hello Baby Batman. Good to see you wearing diapy. Yes, I prayed for the entire country to be safe. If that tsunami had come with its powerful waves Philippines will be devastated.

roffe said...

I have friends in Tomakomai, a small town on the island Hokkaido. Fortunately, the wave was only 1-2 m there.. I hope everything is ok in the Philippines..

WebbieLady said...

I am glad nothing bad happened and people cooperated with the safety measures...

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cLai ♥ said...

thank God the Philippines is safe...

Multibrand said...

Hi JP,
I am very glad to know know that you and your family are okay.
The tsunami also have mild effect on two of our provinces i.e. northern part of the island of Sulawesi (below Mindanao) and Papua.

Ryan said...

Words fail me as I watch this terrible disaster in Japan. Glad you're safe.

Jean said...

Thanks for posting that you and yours are safe!
My prayers for those affected in Japan.

Jill Wellington said...

I'm so sad for Japan. GLAD you are safe in the Philippines!!!!

Islandvacations said...

Hi JP,

Am a resident of Bucas Grande, a tiny island on the dark red point of your map, in Surigao del Norte. This Island Vacations aficionado was a part of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Council taking charge of the enforcement of the mandatory evacuation of residents in the low-lying areas. Thanks God, were spared.

Jolly Princess said...

@roffe- Philippines is fine my friend. I am glad your friend is safe. My sister has a sis in law in Japan married to a Japanese. She said she climbed a tree to elude tsunami. @WebbieLady-Yes, glad the whole country was spared from the feared tsunami. @cLai ♥- Answered prayers, indeed. :)

Jolly Princess said...

@Multibrand- Thanks Harry, I am glad your country is safe, too. @Ryan- I cried for the victims and prayed hard for emotional healing of those who survived. @Jean and Jill Wellington - Thank you my friends for the caring attitude. Your friendship is highly appreciated.

Kensium said...

This is really terrible thing. very sad to heard this news and when we are watching TV we are shocked. Very happy you are safe. We heard there a chance to effect other states also. Philippines also there in that list. Take care of yourslef. Hope it will stop with Japan.
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vijaya said...

HI friend i am glade to know that Philippines did not get any damage from the resent tsunami .

Jolly Princess said...

@Kensium & @vijaya - Thanks my friends. I was happy indeed the tsunami did no reach the Philippines. As you can see in the map all the reds are those that alert level 2 was hoisted. My country would have been devastated.

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