Last day of August

The last day of August, a 7.7 magnitude quake (lowered to 7.6) hit the Philippines, the Eastern Samar, Leyte, Surigao and places near the coast of the Pacific region. A tsunami alert was raised in the Philippines and Indonesia, while the alerts for Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Papua New Guinea and Russia were lifted by the USGS. I wasn’t able to feel the quake this time because my sister and I were out with our dad to avail the promo coupon of Starbucks as it is the last day. My brother texted me and informed us about the quake which was quite strong, my mom’s text followed too. Good thing we were not home to experience that. Many times, we have been awakened by the quake during the middle of the night and would feel the surroundings rocking. Maybe it’s because we live in a building that we could feel the earth sway the whole structure. Experiencing it many times doesn’t make it okay the next time. Also, it’s quite daunting when you are surrounded with high rise buildings built upon a reclaimed land. I can’t imagine how the Japanese endure the quake almost in succession but the positive thing about them are the developments they have made in response to the earthquakes like in the structures they built and the warning they provide even just a minute or seconds before it will strike.

Interviews of the residents said it was really scary, lasted for about 45 to 1 minute and power was out in an instant. It felt as if the rocking of a boat. And they were relying from texts from people in Manila and news updates on the radio. People living near the coastline evacuated and were told to stay awake that night for the aftershocks and possible tsunami. There were many aftershocks recorded by the Philvocs. We have gone through different news of disasters from quakes and tsunami like what happened in Japan, New Zealand, Chile, etc. There are many things that happen that we have no control over.

An excerpt from ‘Simply Trusting’ in Our Daily Bread below:

“For 30 years I had assumed that to swim I must constantly struggle to keep form sinking. One day an expert swimmer watched me for a few minutes and then shouted, ‘Stop fighting the water and trust it to hold you up!’ Under his direction, I lay flat in the water without moving. To my delight, it held me up. Why didn’t someone tell me that years ago!”

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labours increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. -Flint


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