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7.2 Earthquake Strikes The Philippines

Danielle Tarasiuk |
October 14, 2013 | 9:52 p.m. PDT

Senior Reporter

(Earthquake damage/ Creative Commons)
(Earthquake damage/ Creative Commons)
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the central part of the Philippines early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey reported. 

Initial reports confirm that four people were killed when the Pasil Fish Port in Cebu City collapsed. Cebu City is the fifth largest city in the Philippines. 

Two 5.0 aftershocks followed shortly after the earthquake. 

In the past few years the Philippines has experienced over five earthquakes with at least a 6.0 magnitude. But the Philippines is not the only country to experience large earthquakes in recent years. Japan, Haiti, Pakistan, and New Zealand are some of the places that were hit by devastating earthquakes in the last few years.

See: 7 L.A. Buildings At-Risk When An Earthquake Strikes

And in California, some of its largest cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are on top of fault lines and not immune to the damage a large earthquake can leave behind. In Los Angeles there are over 1,000 buildings that are not structurally prepared.  Many experts say that Southern California in particular is due for the "big one." Even though no one can predict when the next “big one” will strike, it is important to be ready. 

Here is a list of some essential items in case of an earthquake. 

  1. Water- FEMA recommends one gallon of water person per day for at least three days. 
  2. Food – A three days supply of nonperishable foods, like protein bars and canned food. 
  3. A flashlight and extra batteries. 
  4. First aid kit
  5. A cell phone with extra battery. 
  6. Moist towellettes, garbage bags, and plastic bags for sanitary needs. Just as the power will go out in the aftermath of a large earthquake, so will functional plumbing…

Find more earthquake essentials here. 


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