Time to move on
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
It is understandable that many people are still in a state of terror and fear that another deadly earthquake may again be experienced in their areas. This is especially true in such places as Bohol, Cebu, and Siquijor, where the recent temblor that had registered at Magnitude 7.2 had wrought severe destruction, not only to homes and buildings, but even to churches and other historic structures.
As of yesterday, reports were saying that about 188 lives, maybe even more, had been lost in the hardest hit areas in Bohol and Cebu. The fact that aftershocks continue to be felt also keep the anxiety and fears of those who had gone through the experience going.
However, something should be done to stop the people from frightening themselves by speculations or false rumors about the possibility of another, stronger earthquake that may hit the same areas soon. The latest rumors going around say that another, stronger quake, expected to hit Magnitude 8 may soon strike the same places.
The head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, or PHIVOLCS, has tried to allay such fears, after receiving agitated calls from private citizens inquiring about the possibility, especially because irresponsible text messages are circulating about it.
PHIVOLCS head Renato Solidum has stressed that the fault that had caused the Magnitude 7.2 quake had figuratively exhausted itself, having released the energy it had stored up, and that it will take some 100 years for it to gather the same energy.
He, however, advised the people to keep calm and avoid staying in damaged or defective buildings until these have been declared safe for habitation. As for the supposed “sinkholes”, he positively stated that they do not exist.
Let us therefore stop scaring ourselves and help those affected to put this tragedy behind them and try to return to normal living as soon as possible. Life has to move on, let us not block our own future.*