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!
Natural Disasters In The Philippines
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.
What Are The Common Natural Disaster In The Philippines?
- Typhoons – Bagyo
- Earthquakes – Lindol
- Volcanic Eruptions – Pagsabog ng bulkan
- Floods – Baha
- Drought – Tagtuyot
- Landslide – Pagdausdos ng lupa
- Sea level rise – Sunami
- Storm surge – Daluyong
Widely Known Natural Disasters In The Philippines
The following are some of the most known worldwide disasters and their details that have struck certain areas of the Philippines:
1. Mount Pinatubo Eruption (1990)
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.
2. The 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake
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.
3. Super Typhoon Yolanda
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.
4. The 1976 Moro Gulf Tsunami
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.
5. Meteorite Impact In Tablas Island, Romblon
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.
6. Taal Volcano Eruption
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.
List Of Tagalog Disasters: Translations And Definitions
Other Vocabulary Related To Natural Disasters
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