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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bizarre! No typhoon, no tremors but landslide kills scores in China; calls out Marinduque

Photo: Aljazeera 

For the last few days this blogger has been monitoring weather conditions in the Asia-Pacific region via the JTWC website and PAGASA. As could be seen in bold letters over a JTWC satellite image of Western/South Pacific and Indian Ocean are the words "No Suspect Areas" (see images for June 23-24, 2017). 


JTWC satellite image June 23, 2017

JTWC satellite image June 24, 2017

PAGASA has likewise been stating for several days now that 'as of today there is no Gale Warning issued' and 'as of today, there is no Weather Advisory issued.' (see image for 6/24/17)


PAGASA weather advisories June 24, 2017

USGS meanwhile has not reported any significant earthquakes in the geographical area spanning the Asian countries of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, all the way to North Korea, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. A screenshot of the USGS map of the large area is below. That 'there are no events in the current feed' is clearly seen. (see image for 6/24/17)

'There are no events in the current feed' - USGS (June 24, 2017)*

For this entire region to have no significant earthquakes in a day is curious by itself though this could just be a lull before a big one, who knows?

But on this same day today, June 24, comes the shocking, even bizarre news that a tragic landslide in China has occurred without any strong wind, typhoon nor earthquake triggering it. 

Maybe the Chinese authorities should really get into the very bottom of this. Who knows at this time of our lives in a world in chaos if something more sinister is going on?

Waking up Marinduque?

More importantly, a new and urgent lesson to be gained from this landslide could open the eyes at last of people living in certain island provinces particularly those where a network of dams in mine sites exist. Abandoned earth dams that have been long declared, even by USGS,  'in imminent danger of collapse'. That's in addition to areas that have been declared areas 'prone to landslides and floods'. Exactly the situation in the island of Marinduque, where else, the one that seemingly just went back to sleep again?

We're just running out of time, don't you think?

China landslide buries houses, scores missing

AFP/Getty Images

On the China landslide, Reuters reports:
There is an extensive network of dams in the area, which is close to the region of Tibet, including two hydropower plants in Diexi town near the buried village.
A researcher from the Chengdu Chinese Academy of Social Science, a state-backed think tank, told China Radio International that heavy rainfall probably caused the slide.
The researcher, who the radio did not name, also warned of the risk that a dam could collapse, endangering communities further downstream.
The area is prone to earthquakes, including one in 1933 that resulted in parts of Diexi town becoming submerged by a nearby lake, and an 8.0 magnitude tremor in central Sichuan's Wenchuan county in 2008 that killed nearly 70,000 people.

Another report from CNN on the China episode:
"Earthquakes, mining activities -- many man-made and natural activities can possibly trigger landslides. When the stability of the mountain structure has reached its maximum, any triggering factor could lead to landslides," Tian said.
Mountainous Sichuan province has a history of landslides triggered by flooding and earthquakes. In 1933, 6,800 people died in landslides triggered by an earthquake and 2,500 more were killed when one of the landslides caused a dam to fail.

Another from Aljazeera:
At least 15 people have been confirmed dead, while over 120 remain missing hours after a massive landslide buried a mountain village in southwest China.
China's official news agency Xinhua issued the updated death toll at 1400 GMT on Saturday. Earlier, state media reported that 141 people may have been buried but did not explain why the figure had been revised downwards.
The landslide hit the village of Xinmo, in Maoxin county of Sichuan province, at about 6am local time on Saturday (22:00 GMT Friday), the agency reports said.
A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after 62 homes in Xinmo were destroyed by boulders when the side of a mountain collapsed, according to the Maoxin county government.
A fourth survivor was found but rescuers were still trying to get to him hours after heavy rain triggered the avalanche of rock in Sichuan province, officials said.
The landslide also blocked a 2km-section of a river. Wang Yongbo, a local rescue official, told state broadcaster CCTV that an estimated three million cubic metres of earth and rock had slid down the mountain.
Xinmo is known locally for tourism and Chinese reports said it was unclear if tourists were among the people buried by the landslide.

*Update: On June 25, 2017, after significant earthquakes go strangely quiet the day before, USGS recorded the following earthquakes ranging from M4.3 - 5.2 with M4.5 and M4.8 striking northern and southern Philippines respectively:


Friday, June 23, 2017

Solar Eklipse? Nagkaroon na ng total solar eclipse sa Marinduque baya. Ano ang naganap?


Total Solar Eclipse, March 19, 1988. Philippine Meteorological Society 

Ang buong eklipse ng Araw ay nangyayari kapag tinakpan ng Buwan ang nakikita nating Araw. Kapag napunta ka sa pinakamadilim na bahagi ng aninong naging sanhi nito, doon mo makikita ang total eclipse. Umbra ang tawag doon. Kung naroon ka sa hindi gaanong kadiliman o penumbra, partial eclipse o bahagi lamang ng Araw ang makikita mong natakpan.

May total solar eclipse na magaganap sa America sa August 21, 2017, from west coast to east coast, ang totality ay makikita sa maraming major cities at iba pang bahagi at madaling makita ng milyon-milyong mga tao. Ang huling total solar eclipse ay naganap noong March 2016, at dumaan sa Indonesia at malaking bahagi ng Pacific Ocean kaya hindi ganoon karami ang nakakita. Sa US naman, ang huling total solar eclipse ay naganap noong February 1979, ng madaan ito sa Pacific Northwest.

Ang Great American Eclipse ngayong August 21, 2017

Sa Pilipinas, huling nagkaroon ng total eclipse noong March 18, 1988, at dumaan ito sa General Santos City. Ang buwan ay napunta nga sa gitna ng araw at mundo at nagkaroon ng kadiliman. Sa ibang bahagi ng Visayas at Mindanao ay nagkaroon naman ng partial eclipse.


Nag-issue pa ng postage stamp ang Pilipinas para sa '88 eklipse.

Eklipse sa Marinduque

Mga anong taon pa nagkaroon ng total solar eclipse sa Pilipinas? 1929 at 1955. At noong 1955, (panahon ni Magsaysay), kularat na raw ang mga taga Marinduque dahil isa ito sa nadaanan ng eklipse, sa path of totality.

Isang matandang babaeng nakausap ko, si Manang Idad, ang nakapagsabing talagang nagkulong daw siya sa loob ng bahay dahil buntis daw siya noon at sa paniniwala ng lahat na kapag nadaanan siya ng eklipse ay hindi tao ang isisilang niya kundi baka raw ahas. Iyon daw ang sabi ng mga nakakaalam kaya sumunod lamang siya dahil sa takot. Pati mga bata. Nagkulong sa kwarto at nagkulumbot maigi, lumabas lamang nang sinabihan sila na wala na raw ang eklipse.


Solar Corona of 1955.

Mga paniniwala tungkol sa solar eclipse

Hindi lamang naman sa Marinduque o iba pang bahagi ng Pilipinas kinatatakutan ang eklipse. Marami pa ring kultura sa mundo na pinapaniwalaang bad omen ang eklipse ng Araw. Sa maraming kultura, may mga paniniwala silang may mga mythical figures na lumalamon sa Araw.

Sa Vietnam, naroon pa rin ang paniniwala na isang higanteng palaka ang lumalamon sa Araw. Sa Norse cultures mga wolves naman ang kumakain sa Araw. Sa ancient China, isang dragon sa kalangitan naman ang lumalamon sa Araw. Ang tawag nga ng Chinese sa eklipse ay chih o shih, na ibig sabihin ay kainin.

Sa ancient Greece pala ay may paniniwala naman na ang eklipse ay isang palatandaan na galit ang mga diyos at ito ang simula ng mga kalamidad at mga sigalot.

Paniniwala sa Kasalukuyan

Ang takot sa solar eclipse ay laganap pa rin ngayon. Naroon pa rin ang paniniwala na ito ay masamang senyales na ang dala ay kamatayan, sigalot at kalamidad. Mayroon pa ring naniniwala na ito ay masama para sa mga nagdadalang-tao at sa mga hindi pa napapanganak na nasa sinapupunan. Sa marming kultura, ang mga bata at mga buntis ay pinapakiusapan na pumasok sa loob ng bahay habang may solar eclipse.

Sa Italy naman, may kagandahan ang paniniwala nila, na ang mga halamang bulaklakin kapag tinanim kung may solar eclipse ay magiging mas matingkad ang kulay.

Ang solar eclipse pala ay nagaganap mga 2 linggo bago o pagkatapos ng isang lunar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse of June 20, 1955. By Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC

Nakatala na ang total solar eclipse noong June 20, 1955, ay tumagal ng 7 minuto, 8 segundo, at ito raw ang pinakamatagal na solar eclipse sa saros series 136, at pinakamahabang total eclipse mula 11th century hanggang 22nd century. Nagsimula ang totality nito sa Indian Ocean at Maldives, dumaan sa southern tip ng India at Sri Lanka, papunta sa Indochina at Pilipinas (malapit sa greatest eclipse), at papuntang Solomon Islands hanggang sa Southwestern Pacific Ocean. Ang total eclipse ay naganap sa bahagi ng Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam at Pilipinas.

Ang dinaanan ng total solar eclipse noong June 20, 1955, kasama ang Marinduque sa totality.
Mga ano namang mga kagimbal-gimbal ang naganap noong 1955 halimbawa?

1955 nagsimula ang Vietnam War (natapos lamang ito pagkaraan ng 20 taon, noong 1975). 1955 din naitala ang isang 7.5 Magnitude earthquake na ang epicenter ay sa Lanao at naramdaman sa buong Mindanao. 400 tao ang namatay, maraming gusali at bahay ang nasira kasama na ang isang mosque sa Tugaya malapit sa Lake Lanao. Nawasak ang mga pier sa Zamboanga City at Pagadian City at nagkaroon ng malalaking pag-alon sa Lake Lanao na noon lamang nakita.


Pagwawari (meditation) sa Marinduque. Larawan ni Angelo M. Calimlim

1955 unang nabuksan ang porphyry copper mining sa Pilipinas at sinimulan din kaagad ng Placer Development Ltd. ang exploration project sa isla ng Marinduque ng taong iyon. Ang pagmimina ng copper sa isla ay nagtapos lamang dahil sa malawakang pagkasira sa karagatan, kalikasan at mga trahedya sa loob ng maraming taon. Ang pinakahuli ay ang Marcopper mine disaster noong 1996 (pagkaraan ng 40 taon).

1988 naman sa Pilipinas

Ang pinakamatindi namang naganap noong total solar eclipse year sa Pilipinas noong 1988? Sa hapon ng October 24, 1988, habang naglalayag mula Manila to Tacloban City, sinalubong ang MV Don Marilyn ng Bagyong 'Unsang' at lumubog. Namatay ang 391 katao. Ito ay sister ship ng MV Doña Paz na lumubog din isang taon pa lamang ang dumaan sa pagitan ng Marinduque at Or. Mindoro at namatay ang 4,341 na pasahero. 

Eh sa 2017, ano?

Ano naman kaya ang magaganap pa sa Great American Eclipse sa Amerika ngayong taon 2017, kung kailan nagsimula na ang mga sigalot? Civil war? Economic collapse? Assassinations? Upheavals? All of the above?

Magaiyakan nga sila!

‘Jaw-dropping’: Rare total solar eclipse will ‘bring people to tears’

Photo by NASA

The US is set to experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in almost a century on August 21 – giving millions of Americans the chance to observe the rare celestial event.
NASA revealed details and viewing advice for the upcoming eclipse, which will see the moon pass between the sun and Earth, casting a dark shadow and making visible the solar corona – the sun’s normally obscured atmosphere, as well as bright stars and planets.
A total of 14 states from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day over a span of almost two hours.
This will be the first total eclipse in the US since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918.
The US will be the only country to experience the total eclipse. International visitors, however, are expected to descend on the country for the rare chance to see the sun disappear behind the moon, transforming daylight into twilight.
“It brings people to tears,” Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), told Space.com“It makes people’s jaw drop.” - Full story on RT

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mga konkretong pagkilos sa problema ng kuryente sa Marinduque inihayag na ni Cong. Lord Allan Velasco, plus breaking news!

Paghiling ni Cong. Velasco at pagkilos ni NAPOCOR President Pio Benavidez para sa upgrading ng mga linya ng kuryente at madagdagan ang kasalukuyang generators upang maayos ang voltage, supply at transmission ng kuryente sa Marinduque.

Pahayag ni Cong. Lord Allan Velasco hinggil sa Elektrisidad sa Marinduque 

Nitong nakaraang ika-13 ng Hunyo, nagtungo po ang inyong kinatawan sa NAPOCOR upang ilapit ang suliranin sa kuryente ng ating lalawigan. 

Malugod ko pong ibabalita sa ating mga mahal na Marinduqueño na tayo ay agarang pinakinggan at pinagbigyan ng NAPOCOR! Tinitiyak ni NAPOCOR President Pio Benavidez ang suportang ihahatid nila sa ating lalawigan, at ito ay ang sumusunod:

1) Upang hindi "numipis" ang daloy ng kuryente na nagmumula sa genset sa Boac, maglalagay ng isang 1.5 megawatt (mw) at isang 550 kilowatt (kw) na genset sa Torrijos ang Napocor upang lumakas ang boltahe ng kuryente sa Torrijos, Sta. Cruz at Buenavista;

2) Papalitan nila ang lumang 4mw na genset sa Boac ng limang bagong 1mw na mga genset sa Septyembre, 2017 at magdadag pa ng apat na 1mw na mga genset pagsapit ng 2018, upang masiguradong may sapat na supply ng kuryente para sa pangangailangan ng mga kabahayan, mga tanggapan, paaralan at negosyo sa Marinduque;

3) Aayusin din ang 69KV na linya ng kuryenteng tatakbo mula Boac hanggang Torrijos upang maging malakas ang daloy ng kuryente at maiwasan ang paiba-ibang boltahe na nakakasira sa ating mga kasangkapan.

4)Nangako din ang NAPOCOR na kanilang papalawigin ang serbisyo ng kuryente pará sa mga isla ng Maniwaya, Polo at Mongpong mula 8 oras hanggang 16 na oras pagsapit ng 2018. 

Dagdag nito ay sinusubaybayan ng inyong lingkod ang mga hakbang na ginagawa ng Marelco upang maresolba ang tuluyang brownout. At napasyahan nga nila na isa isahing inspeksyunan ang bawat poste sa buong probinsya na kung hindi ako nagkakamali, along sa national highway natin ay nasa 1200 na hindi pa kasama ang mga interior. 

Ginagawa na din po nila na putulin ang mga sanga ng mga puno na malapit sa mga Linya. Kukunin ko na po itong pagkakataon para makiusap sa mga kinaukulang mga Mayari ng mga lupang ito para payagan po ang Marelco na linisin ang paligid na malapit sa mga linya. Sinusuportahan ko po ang hakbangin na ginagawa nila at susuportahan nyo din po kung tuluyan na gusto natin matapos ang problema sa brownout. 

Asahan po ninyong patuloy ang inyong kinatawan na nakikipag-ugnayan sa kaukulang mga tanggapan upang maihatid ang nararapat na serbisyo pará sa ating mahal na lalawigan ng Marinduque.

Sana po ay magkaisa tayo at tigilan na ang bangayan pará sa ikauunlad ng probinsya! Maraming Salamat Po!!!!

Delivered gensets currently under test and commissioning by NPC to be operational by September 2017, additional gensets to be delivered and commissioned in Boac by 2018, delivered gensets in Torrijos will be commissioned once required control panels and cables are delivered onsite. Rehabilitation of 69 kV Boac-Torrijos transmission line with energization of said line by 2018; increased service from 8 hours to 16 hours in the islands of Maniwaya, Mongpong and Polo by 2018.

Cong LordAllan Velasco holds a meeting with Vice-Gov. Bacorro and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Members, together with Marinduque Electric Coop. (MARELCO), department heads and General Manager Gaudencio Sol to discuss electricity issues in Marinduque.

Breaking News! Pag-install ng solar panels sa ilang public at private buildings sa lalawigan ng Marinduque!

Pakikipagpulong sa Germany para gawing pilot province ang Marinduque para sa instllation ng solar panels sa ilang public or private buildings. Nasa larawan sina Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. representante ng pribadong sektor sa Germany at Cong. Lord Allan Velasco.
Gandang gabi po sa lahat ng aking mga kababayan!!!

Bukas ko pa po sana ito ipopost subalit sa sobrang kasiyahan at excitement ko po ay hindi na ako makapagpigil. Kakatapos lang po ng inyong lingkod kasama ko po si Sec. Cusi ng DOE at ni Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian sa isang meeting dito sa Germany na napagkasunduan na gawing pilot province ng isang pribadong solar korporasyon ang probinsya natin. 

Hindi po sila magtatayo ng solar farm kundi may mga pipiliin na mga bahay o building whether private or public at ang mga bubong nila ang lalagyan ng solar panels. Paguusapan na po kung papaano ang scheme dito pero ayon sa mga napagusapan ay walang gagastusin ang kabahayan bagkus sila ay makita pa. 

Nakakataba ng puso talaga at naitulak natin ang probinsya at napili sya at nag issue na po ng order si Sec. Cusi para mapabilis ang pagpapatupad nito. Ngayong July ay maguumpisa na po ang pagassess at ang pagkilos para sa katuparan ng project na ito.

Mula dito sa Germany, Maraming maraming salamat po sa suporta!!!

To God be the Glory!!!!

- Cong. Lord Allan Velasco, Hunyo 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

16 Magnitude 4.1 - 5.2 earthquakes sa Pilipinas mula June 1-21; Marinduque hit today by M 2.1


Naramdaman ang lindol (M2.1) na tumama sa Boac, Marinduque ngayong araw (June 21), na ang epicenter ay 80 degrees W of Boac. 

Ito ang sumunod tatlong oras matapos tumama ang isang M 4.5 na lindol sa bandang Los Banos, Laguna. Ang nasabing lindol ay naramdaman naman sa mga bayan ng Los Banos, Alaminos (Laguna), Malvar, Tanauan City, Lipa, San Rafael, Santo Tomas at Cuenca (Batangas).


Mapapansing sa buwan ng Hunyo, labing-anim (16), na ang bilang ng mga lindol na magnitude 4.0 pataas na tumama sa iba't-ibang panig ng Pilipinas. Noong nakaraang buwan ng Mayo, ang naitalang bilang ng lindol na may lakas na M4.0 pataas ay 20. 

Noong Abril naman ay halos tatlong doble ang naging bilang ng ganito kalalakas na lindol na umabot naman sa 58. Kasama rito ang isang malakas na lindol, M 7.2 sa karagatan ng Sarangani (Davao Occidental) noong Abril 29, 2017, na sumira sa maraming gusali.

29 Apr 2017 - 04:23:14 AM
Location                       :
05.05°N, 125.28°E - 047 km S 26° W of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Depth of Focus (Km)     :
057
Origin                           :
TECTONIC
Magnitude                   :
Ms 7.2


21 Jun 2017 - 09:18:51 AM
Location                         :14.19°N, 121.20°E - 003 km N 66° W of Los BaÑos (Laguna)
Depth of Focus (Km)     : 010
Origin                             :TECTONIC
Magnitude                      : Ms 4.5


21 Jun 2017 (Data from USGS; No data from Phivolcs as of posting)

M 4.4 - 66km NE of Itbayat, Philippines

Time
Location
21.118°N 122.372°E
Depth
198.0 km

20 Jun 2017 - 10:47:48 PM
Location                        :02.57°N, 128.75°E - 482 km S 49° E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Depth of Focus (Km)    :226
Origin                            : TECTONIC
Magnitude                     : Ms 4.4

20 Jun 2017 - 01:53:39 AM
Location                       : 08.09°N, 122.99°E - 017 km S 01° W of Sindangan (Zamboanga Del Norte)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 009
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.2

20 Jun 2017 - 02:13:12 AM
Location                       : 18.41°N, 120.79°E - 026 km S 63° E of Burgos (Ilocos Norte)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 010
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.3

19 Jun 2017 - 02:08:40 PM
Location                       : 15.11°N, 119.97°E - 012 km N 64° W of San Felipe (Zambales)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 029
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.1

16 Jun 2017 - 09:44:11 AM
Location                       : 08.32°N, 126.81°E - 055 km N 77° E of Bislig City (Surigao Del Sur)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 006
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.9

16 Jun 2017 - 03:16:44 AM
Location                       :12.89°N, 119.11°E - 118 km N 48° W of Busuanga (Palawan)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 046
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.6

16 Jun 2017 - 02:29:49 AM
Location                       : 20.29°N, 121.88°E - 005 km S 06° E of Sabtang (Batanes)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 001
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.1

16 Jun 2017 - 02:07:53 AM
Location                       : 06.02°N, 125.13°E - 011 km S 26° W of General Santos City (South Cotabato)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 025
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.2

15 Jun 2017 - 10:43:48 PM
Location                       : 15.08°N, 123.67°E - 126 km N 25° W of Pandan (Catanduanes)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 033
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.2

15 Jun 2017 - 11:11:08 AM
Location                       : 19.72°N, 122.52°E - 093 km S 41° E of Uyugan (Batanes)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 171
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 5.1

11 Jun 2017 - 11:24:23 PM
Location                       : 17.87°N, 120.24°E - 022 km S 89° W of Sinait (Ilocos Sur)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 021
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.4

09 Jun 2017 - 08:58:23 PM
Location                       : 05.49°N, 125.14°E - 038 km N 80° W of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 022
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 5.2

01 Jun 2017 - 09:58:24 PM
Location                       : 04.74°N, 128.34°E - 328 km S 50° E of Governor Generoso (Davao Oriental)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 072
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.5

01 Jun 2017 - 05:17:00 AM
Location                       : 03.11°N, 128.50°E - 423 km S 52° E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Depth of Focus (Km)   : 258
Origin                           : TECTONIC
Magnitude                    : Ms 4.5

Workers remove debris from a collapsed house after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit General Santos City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 29, 2017. AFP/Edwin Espejo

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kampihan ng Malaysia, Indonesia at Pilipinas vs terrorism: News PH yellow media likely to ignore

Indonesia, Malaysia & Philippines deploy navy, fighter jets to jointly combat terrorism  

“We want to convey a very clear message that if they want to set foot here, they don't only face one country, but at least three countries that have agreed to fight as hard as they can." - Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein

Indonesia navy soldiers on warship and helicopter are seen during the launch of coordinated patrols to beef up security between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippine, Indonesia, June 19, 2017. © Antara Foto / Zabur Karuru / Reuters

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have launched joint operations in the Sulu Sea off the north coast of Borneo, amid fears that the Islamist insurgency in the southern Philippines might spread throughout the region.

The Indonesian military said the joint maneuvers, which began on Monday from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan, Indonesia, were “in the spirit and centrality of ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], in maintaining stability in the region in the face of non-traditional threats such as piracy, kidnapping, terrorism and other transnational crimes in regional waters,” read a statement to the media as quoted by the Straits Times.

Ministers and top army officials from the three countries, as well as defense ministers from Brunei and Singapore, attended the ceremonies which kicked off the mainly naval-based operation, although land and air forces are taking part as well.

A new Maritime Command Centre (MCC) was also inaugurated at Tarakan, at a ceremony witnessed by officials from all three countries. Tarakan is a port city just south of Borneo and facing the conflict-wracked island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines.

Additional command centers are also being planned in Tawau in Malaysia, on Borneo, and in Bongao in the Philippines.

"We see these functioning as a triangle, like a spider's web, where everything inside the triangle will be monitored," Indonesian military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo said as cited by Reuters.

There has been renewed concern over Islamist activity in south-east Asia, particularly after extremists overran the city of Marawi on Mindanao island, Philippines nearly a month ago.

The attack on Marawi was carried out by the IS-affiliated Maute group, which together with other extremist groups like Abu Sayyaf have been carrying out terrorist attacks in the region, as well as other crimes such as hostage-taking, extortion and piracy.

As the Philippine military lay siege to Marawi, jihadist fighters, both foreign and local, may try to flee the battlefield to Indonesia, which has intensified security in the sea between their country and the Philippines.

"We need to watch out for the 500 to 600 terrorists there, 257 of whom have been killed already. The rest, based on information we are getting, are blending in with refugees to get out," General Nurmantyo explained.

Jakarta has deployed three Sukhoi fighter jets to prevent the militants from infiltrating Indonesia by sea, the head of the Tarakan air base told the state-run Antara news agency.

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines also pledged to increase intelligence-sharing to prevent another Marawi-type incident happening again, said Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

"What we want to avoid is a development of perceptions that there are certain areas in our region that are seen as Aleppo, Raqqa (in Syria), meaning these areas would become magnets, to which foreign fighters would be attracted to come," said Hussein, as quoted by the Straits Times.

“We want to convey a very clear message that if they want to set foot here, they don't only face one country, but at least three countries that have agreed to fight as hard as they can." - RT


Philippine aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants holed up in a southern city on Tuesday, with the aim was to wrap up the fighting before the weekend Eid festival, a spokesman said. Fighting in Marawi City has entered a fifth week, and nearly 350 people have been killed, according to an official count. Fleeing residents have said they have seen scores of bodies in the debris of homes destroyed in bombing and cross-fire. The seizure of Marawi has alarmed Southeast Asian nations which fear Islamic State is trying to set up a stronghold in the southern Philippines that could threaten the whole region. (Reuters)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shocking doomsday map, pag-eskapo ng mga bilyonaryo

Future map of Asia by Gordon- Michael Scallion

Asia
This heavily seismic region will have the most severe and dramatic Earth changes. Land will be inundated from the Philippines to Japan, and north to the Bering Sea, including the Kuril and Sakhalin Islands. As the Pacific Plate shifts its position nine degrees, the islands of Japan will eventually sink, leaving only a few small islands. Taiwan and most of Korea will be completely lost to the sea. The entire coastal region of China will be pushed inland hundreds of miles. Indonesia will break up, however some islands will remain and new land will emerge. The Philippines will disappear completely beneath the sea. Asia will lose a significant amount of its land mass through these dramatic changes, however entirely new land will eventually be created.

Hindi nanggaling sa alternative media site ang mababasa sa itaas kundi mula sa Forbes Magazine website, lumabas dalawang araw pa lamang ang nakakaraan. Tungkol ito sa isang artikulong may titulong: The Shocking Doomsday Maps Of The World And The Billionaire Escape Plans.

Nabanggit sa nasabing artikulo ang mga pangalang Edgar Cayce at Gordon-Michael Scallion.

Base sa pananaliksik may naisulat na akong istorya noong Oct. 31, 2013, na naging tampok din ang dalawang pangalang nasabi, pinamagatan kong Prophecies: Life, Death and Apocalyptic upheavals of terrestrial and extraterrestrial origin

Si Cayce ay naging bantog na propeta o 'sleeping prophet' ng 20th century, si Scallion naman ay nagkaroon ng reputasyon bilang propeta ng "Earth Changes" sa panahon ng mega-quakes at bulkanismo na aniya ay wawasak sa kasalukuyang sibilisasyon. Sumablay nga lamang ang kaniyang mga prediksyon tungkol sa super-quakes na naisulat niya sa The Earth Changes Report.

Isa naman sa mga sinabi ni Cayce ang tungkol sa magaganap sa hinaharap aniya, na kung saan  "may mga lupaing susulpot sa Atlantic at gayun din sa Pacific Ocean, at marami sa mga kasalukuyang dalampasigan ay mapupunta sa ilalim ng dagat". 

Si Scallion naman ay may ginawang 'future map of the world' na talagang nakakaintriga. Tungkol sa ginawa niyang mapa ng future United States, inayunan ito ng isang US military insider na nagsabing halos katulad aniya ito ng future map ng nasabing bansa na batid lamang ng mga piling-piling miyembro ng Navy at matagal na nila itong pinaghandaan, at naging dahilan pa ng paglipat sa matataas na mga lugar ng kanilang mga headquarters at mga tirahan.


Malindig Volcano, Buenavista, Marinduque. Photo: Angelo Calimlim

Tungkol naman sa kanyang future map of China and Asia, makikitang nakalubog ang bahagi mula Pilipinas hanggang Japan kasama na ang Bering Sea, Kuril at Sakhalin Islands. Wala rin ang Taiwan, malaking bahagi ng Korea ay nakalubog din. Basta malaking bahagi ng Asia ang lalamunin ng dagat, at may mga panibagong lupain na lilitaw aniya.

Makakapagtanong ka tuloy ngayon base sa artikulong lumabas sa Forbes, kung may nalalaman pa kaya maliban sa mga prediksyon nina Cayce at Scallion ang mga financial leaders ng daigdig na hindi natin nalalaman? Dagdag sa mga teyoriya nina Cayce at Scallion, alin pa kaya ang pinagbabasehan dito. Mapapansing may isinasama na sila ngayong 'polar shift predictions' na maaaring maging sanhi raw ng isang 'asteroid hit'.

Ayon sa artikulo, nag-uunahan diumano ang mga mayayaman sa paghahanap ng mga farmlands sa buong mundo, na malayo sa tabing dagat, na naaayon sa kanilang self-survival, pag-aalaga ng mga baka at pagtatanim na isasagawa. Tahasang sinasabi ng sumulat na ang mga ito ay paghahanda para sa isang future escape plans with 'vacation homes' sa malalayong mga lugar. 

Nakahanda na rin diumano ang kanilang mga private planes para sumibat kaagad sa sandaling mapagsabihan.

Bahagi ng artikulo sa Forbes:


NASA plans to intercept Asteroid in 2021


I spoke with Professor Donald L. Turcotte, an expert in planetary geology at the University of California Davis, Earth and Planetary Science Department, he tells me that the predictions of earthquakes causing a planetary shift and coastal flooding is for the most part nonsense. However, he did say it is far more likely an asteroid hit would cause a polar shift. This could ultimately lead to cataclysmic change and a map similar to Scallions original vision.
With all of this knowledge of future mapping, do the world’s financial leaders know something we don’t? Consider how many of the richest families have been grabbing up massive amounts of farmland around the world. All property far away from coastal areas and in locations conducive to self-survival, farming and coal mining.
Bell Ranch land in New Mexico owned by
billionaire John Malone

It appears that dry territories in the United States such as Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming and Texas are all very popular regions for the wealthiest individuals. Billionaires such as John Malone (currently the largest landowner in America, owns 2,200,000 acres including Wyoming and Colorado), Ted Turner (2,000,000 acres in Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and North Dakota), Philip Anschultz (434,000 acres in Wyoming), Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (400,000 acres in Texas) and Stan Kroenke (225,162 acres in Montana) all have amassed major land. Upon further research, many billionaires are preparing for future escape plans with “vacation homes” in remote locations. Many of them also have their private planes ready to depart at a moment’s notice.

NewVistas land in Vermont

Even a wealthy member of the Mormon church, David Hall reportedly has plans for 20,000 person self-sustained communities throughout the country, including the first in Vermont with a recent 900-acre farmland purchase. The communities will be called NewVistas.
Internationally, moguls in Australia and New Zealand have been snapping up farmland at record paces. The interest in cattle, dairy and agricultural farms are all proving tempting for self-sustained survival. But more importantly the wealthy are preparing for safe escape havens, stockpiling real estate in dry areas and moving away from the old-school approach of storing food and water. Money and precious metals will be useless, as self sustainable territory will become the new necessary luxury. Many have installed helipads on their properties for easy access and many are buying up Silos and bunkers around the world. - Jim Dobson, Forbes

Monster sharks and whales in Marinduque

Beached or caught in the waters of Torrijos near Cagpo. This shark (or is it a butanding, whale shark, balyena, or monster really?), is said to have been caught by local fishermen in the open sea off Torrijos in 1979 and brought ashore. Other accounts claim it was found by fishermen dying at the shoreline.


Then in the 80s, this balyena, whale was caught in the same waters and brought ashore in Brgy. Cagpo. 

Above photos of shark and whale courtesy of Junmel Tan of Torrijos.



This photo shows similar skeleton of a sperm whale beached in Silago, Southern Leyte in 2000 that measured 52 feet in length. The said skeleton is now housed in a temporary shelter for Southern Leyte tourists to see. A permanent edifice with glass casing to be constructed to house the reconstructed bones. 

In 1994 the Archaeology Division of the National Museum received a report from a certain Porferio de Guzman of Brgy. Buangan, Torrijos regarding a sperm whale stripped of its flesh, cleaned and kept by Mr. Luciano Matienzo.
The complete set of the said whale skeleton measured 43.5 ft. long and was identified by the Museum as belonging to a male sperm whale, a highly specially toothed whale of the species Physeter macrocephalus.

The whale skeleton was purchased by the Museum after further verification for a negotiated price. The whale skeleton is now housed at the NM Building as rare osteological material.


Ngipin! A display case at the National Museum of the Philippines now keeps the Marinduque sperm whale's (Physeter macrocephalus) teeth for viewing (above). 
Photo: Eli J. Obligacion


Sperm whale at sea.

Also enjoy: Sperm whale encounter

Monday, June 12, 2017

From Coral Triangle to Verde Island Passage where the largest concentration of marine life can be found




From the Coral Triangle to its peak, the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor where lies Marinduque 
(Original post on this blog, Jan. 9, 2013)



The Coral Triangle is known as the world’s center of marine biodiversity. The boundaries of this region are defined by scientists as covering the economic zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. A multilateral partnership called the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) was established. 

This initiative safeguards the region’s rich marine and coastal resources through protection from overfishing, destructive fishing practices, unsustainable coastal development, pollution and impacts of climate change. On the other hand, at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the center of the highest concentration of marine biodiversity in the world is an area accounting for 50 percent of the world's coral species. 

Within this center of the highest concentratiion of marine biodiversity is the largest concentration of marine life with a recorded 1,736 overlapping marine species in a 10 by 10 kilometer marine habitat. This is situated within the Verde Island Passage between Batangas and Mindoro, northwest of Marinduque. 

The Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor covers portions of the coastal waters of Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, MARINDUQUE and Romblon.


Amoingon Beach, Boac, Marinduque. Photo: Alex Fellizar

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