Tuesday, May 03, 2005
According to the news, this is the very first tsunami warning sign installed by PHIVOLCS in the country. It was erected at the Labasin beach on January, just weeks after the great Indian Ocean Tsunami. It warns Balerians that this place is a tsunami-prone area (in terms of geological time) and cites the last tidal wave that hit the area, on April 7, 1970. This event is unknown to most Balerians, including me. We're more familiar with the Tromba Marina thing of the 1700s, which is not included in the marker. And according to this news, it was designed by Dindo Javier, one of the PHIVOLCS employees who perished at last weeks helicopter crash at Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.
Heres the full text on the marker:
Ang lugar na ito at ilang bahagi ng baybaying dagat ng Baler ay minsan nang inabot ng "tsunami". Ang pinakahuling pangyayariay pagkatapos ng isang malakas na lindol noong ika-7 ng Abril 1970, sa ganap na ika-1:30 ng hapon.
May mga bahay, bangka at iba pang ari-arian ang nasira ng mga mapaminsalang alon ng tsunami dahil sa paglindol na ito.
Ang tsunami ay maaaring muling maganap kung magkakaroon muli ng napakalakas na lindol malapit dito o sa mga karatig bansa sa dagat pacifico.
Ang tsunami marker na ito ay magsilbi sanang paalala na ang ganitong pangyayari ay hindi mapipigilan ngunit kung tayo'y handa, sakuna ay maiiwasan. - PHIVOLCS
I was reading MLQ3's column about the re-interment and legacy of Doña Aurora Aragon-Quezon the other day and I found out that the name of the family farm in Arayat, Pampanga is called Caleidan. Interesting, since i grew up in Sitio Caledian in Suklayin. Some lands in the place are owned by relatives of Doña Aurora. I wonder if they name the Arayat farm after the place in Baler. Or is it the other way around? Or is it just a coincidence?
Posted by Kidlat at 3:02 PM