Remembering the 90’s Earthquake in Baguio City
One of Philippines popular destination, Baguio City is 5, 000 feet above sea level. It was a developing hill of pines that attracted the American missionaries who started making roads, park and other developments back in the days.
It was between year 1950s and 1980s when the civilization was starting to grow, where universities and more establishments were built. But on July 16, 1990 more than 1, 500 people lost their lives in this City of Cordillera Region and other places in Luzon. This was because; the City was devastated by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake.
According to Wikipedia, around 28 buildings were destroyed during the incident. Those were hotels, factories, government and university buildings including many private homes and establishments. Hyatt Terraces Hotel, a 12 storey and a 5 star hotel in the 1990 was also destroyed.
Highway road like Kennon Rd, Marcos were closed during that time because of big rocks rolling over the mountains. It also struck other cities such as Cabanatuan City, Dagupan City and La Union.
July 16, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of this earthquake which just had 27th anniversary recently this year. This truly is an unforgettable disaster to Baguio City. That is why the government has his measures to ensure safety standard on building structures and to avoid the incident of 1990 earthquake not to happen again.
As lesson learned on this remarkable 1990 earthquake, Public needs to be trained well for prevention and be aware of what to do after the occurrence of natural calamities. Be prepared.