Saturday, August 2, 2008

IT WAS FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY!


It all happened many years ago,
but once again, the grim reminders have returned!


Forty years ago today, an earthquake with a 7.3 Richter scale magnitude killed and injured many people. This was the most destructive earthquake in the Philippines before the 1990 Luzon big seism. It generated a tsunami that reached as far as Japan.


Although, not the epicenter, the hardest hit was the densely populated City of Manila where majority of old structures and historical landmarks suffered severe damages, some beyond repair. A 6-storey building, the Ruby Tower, collapsed in Binondo, killing more than 300 tenants, and a number of undisclosed victims never been found.


Those who survived the tragedy wanted to be left only with the memories of their lost dear ones.

10 comments:

ramon3381@yahoo.com said...

Yes, recall ko ang tragic earthquake na yan, and one announcer, named Johnny Midnight became a household name, di ba! Siya rin si "Toning-Toninggggg", di ba!

Zombie Money said...

wow 7.3 is pretty bad......

Ramon3381@yahoo.com said...

People around the area are saying they still hear moaning sounds, as if coming from .... very eerie and scary! Daan tayo 'ron!!!

Bay Martin said...

Hi Zombie,

Many thanks for the visit and for leaving a comment. I appreciate it very much.

The earthquake memories linger even after 40 years, and would probably stay forever.

Bay Martin said...

You got it right, it was Johnny Midnight, Mr. Toning-Toning.

ramon3381@yahoo.com said...

If I know, nag-join ka sa toning-toning na yan!!!

Bay Martin said...

No way! I don't have to follow rituals just to drink water!

Monching said...

My flatmate still remembers the tragic incident1

Bay Martin said...

The memories will linger forever!

Monchet said...

Last week nagkalindol na naman sa China. Ano ba yan! Right after the Olympic Games, earthquake. Are they being punished? We may never know!