02 September 2009


There was a heava earthquake in Indonesia yesterday. Ok, this is far away from the Philippines and doesn't regard my trip at all, but just not too far away and not too uninteresting to mention it here:
A powerful earthquake has struck off the Indonesian island of Java, killing at least 32 people, officials say.
Scores more were wounded and it is feared the death toll will rise as many homes have reportedly been buried under a landslide triggered by the quake.
More than 700 houses were badly damaged by the magnitude 7.0 quake, a social affairs ministry official told AP.
The quake struck around 1500 (0800 GMT). Its epicentre was offshore, 115km (70 miles) south-west of Tasikmalaya.
Medical teams have been dispatched to the city, where damaged properties included the mayor's home and a mosque.
The tremors were felt in the capital, Jakarta, 200km to the north, where hundreds fled into the streets from offices and shops.
A local tsunami alert was issued but revoked shortly afterwards. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8233344.stm

My mum told me on the phone (I talk to her via Skype) that she saw signs of bygone tornados in the Philippines, too. On her trip to "Mount Tabulao" she saw destroyed villages. Something I forgot to tell about the weather is that it's rainy in the philippines, too. There are heavy rains often, but they are refreshing and give a little chilling.

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