Warfare, tornadoes, and hurricanes are just some examples of the most destructive disasters on Earth. In the case of the Philippines, the locals managed to survive after being hit by many natural disasters. In today's post, we will look at the Tagalog disaster vocabulary that you can use when conversing with the locals. If you are ready for that, then let's get started!
Because of its location on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and in the Pacific typhoon belt, the Philippines is subject to many Tagalog disasters, including tropical storms, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, and other extreme weather events. Every year, the country is affected by more than 20 tropical cyclones, five of which are generally catastrophic, wreaking havoc on infrastructure as well as human lives.
According to the World Risk Index, around 74 percent of its population of more than 100 million is susceptible to the effects of disaster situations, and the country is consistently ranked among the top ten natural disaster-prone nations in the world. Perhaps, this is why the country's economy appears to be shaky.
The following are some of the most known worldwide disasters and their details that have struck certain areas of the Philippines:
Awakened in 1990, resulting in the 20th century's second-largest eruption. Following subsequent eruptions in 1992 and 1993, the magnitude 7.7 1990 Luzon earthquake hit central Luzon on July 16, 1990. This was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in 1990.
On August 17, 1976, this calamity struck the Philippine islands of Mindanao and Sulu. Its magnitude was measured to be as high as 8.0 on that moment magnitude scale. It was the most damaging and severe earthquake to hit the Philippines in 58 years, dating back to the Celebes Sea earthquake in 1918.
Typhoon Haiyan, popularly known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the most disastrous tropical cyclones ever recorded. Haiyan wreaked havoc on countries of Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines when it made landfall. It is one of the deadliest Philippine typhoons in history, killing 6,300 people in the Philippines alone.
The tsunami hit Western Mindanao shortly after the 1976 Moro Gulf earthquake. It was the most devastating tsunami in Philippine history. The tsunami caused damage to the coastal areas of the Moro Gulf and the northern Celebes Sea. Tsunami surges up to 9 meters high have been reported at Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.
At 10 a.m., a loud explosion was witnessed on the island of Tablas in Romblon province, Central Philippines, on March 7, 2011. There was then a tremor. A burning and rapid ball of fire descended from the sky, as observed by fishermen on the sea.
Since January 12, 2020, the Taal volcano has been erupting. Eruptions have also damaged numerous lakeside villages by burying them in volcanic ash or sinking them in rising lake waters triggered by the volcanic substance. Taal Lake used to be connected to the towns of Tanauan, Lipa, Taal, Bauan, and Sala. There are now just three towns on the lake's shoreline. Under the lake's ground, remains of historic lakeside villages have been reported.
|Tagalog Disasters||English Translation/Definition|
|volcanic explosion/eruption||pagputok ng bulkan|
|pagbagyo ng nyebe||blizzard|
|meteor impact||pagsalpok ng bulalakaw|
|pagguho ng lupa||landslide|
|pagguho ng yelo||avalanche|
|pagguho ng bato||rockslide|
|pag-agos ng lava||lava flow|
|pag-ulan ng bato-batong yelo||hailstorm|
|grabeng pagbaha||fatal floods|
|daluyong ng bagyo||storm surge|
|sea level rise||pagtaas ng antas ng tubig sa dagat|
|sunog sa gubat||forest fire|
|bagyo ng alikabok||dust storm|
|malaking bitak ng lupa||fault line|
|babala ng bagyo||gale warning|
|bukal na nagbubuga ng mainit na tubig||geyser|
|malaking bato ng yelo||iceberg|
|Tagalog Word||English Translation|
|tulong sa kalamidad||disaster assistance|
|bugso ng hangin||wind gusts|
|lakas at bilis ng hangin||wind speed|
Now that you've learned about these Tagalog disasters, you may read additional Tagalog blog content, such as common ingredients in Tagalog, time in Tagalog, and Tagalog cooking utensils translated into the English language.
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