THE PHILIPPINES’ PLETHORA OF NATURAL DISASTERS
The Philippines is a country usually struck by natural disasters every year. From volcanic eruptions to strong typhoons, our country has it all.
The Philippines has had several natural occurrences which ranged from mostly harmless, to deadly. The most famous example of this is the Mount Pinatubo eruption, the second most powerful eruption of the century. It spread ash all over the country, and coloured the skies grey for several days.
Another thing that the Philippines is notable for is the incredulous amount of typhoons that hits the country each year. A few years ago, we were hit by a typhoon called ‘Yolanda’ (a.k.a. ‘Haiyan’ internationally). This was one of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines and caused an astounding amount of collateral damage.
Aside from these past natural disasters, Filipinos are currently also anticipating an oncoming earthquake which has been dubbed ‘The Big One’. Schools and families across the nation are preparing themselves for what may be quite a disastrous tremor.
With this, one can say that the people of the Philippines are quite resilient for withstanding the onslaught of Mother Nature’s attacks, but these disasters are mostly caused by our own doing. Pollution and over-consumption of Earth’s resources has led to a continuously destabilizing environment. Citizens should learn to take care of Mother Nature, or else, she might strike back.