Philippines Orders Tsunami Evacuation Along Coast

I’m OK!  I’m currently in the Philippines (I’m about a month behind on posting this blog – catching up soon!) but I’m safe!  They’re bracing for a possible tsunami on the east coasts of the northern islands (I’m in Boracay, an island in the center) after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast of Japan, sending waves crashing through coastal towns.  I thought I’d address the recent news (just as I did after leaving Jordan and Bahrain).

Live updates on the 8.9 earthquake in Japan here.

Philippines orders tsunami evacuation along coast

Associated Press, Manila, Philippines | Fri, 03/11/2011 3:21 PM | World

Philippine officials are ordering an evacuation of coastal communities along the country’s eastern seaboard in expectation of a tsunami following an 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan.

Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute director Renato Solidum says the first 3-foot (1-meter) high waves are expected to hit the northernmost Batanes islands by 5 p.m. (09:00 GMT) Friday.

Disaster management officials in Albay province southeast of Manila say they have ordered residents to move to designated evacuation sites that are at least 15 feet (5 meters) above sea level.


Philippines Orders Tsunami Evacuation

Road to Petra – Getting Lost Driving in Jordan

Note: if you have trust issues, particularly with strangers in foreign lands, reading most of this post may not help. Spoiler alert – we lived!  But it was an adventure.

This is the story of our attempts to drive from the Dead Sea to Petra, one of the wonders of the world. We were on a travelers high, having just floated in the Dead Sea, witnessed an amazing Dead Sea sunset, and had a modeling photoshoot. As we drove down the Dead Sea highway, we looked at the rather poorly marked map and noticed that the directions to drive from the Dead Sea to Petra had us driving on a road that wasn’t on our map, which presented some obvious challenges as the sun was going down.  How could that be?

Petra and the Dead Sea might be Jordans two biggest tourist attractions and they’re almost directly across from each other, but all the books and websites said the way to get there is to go back up to Amman and then go down, or go down to Aqaba (the Red Sea), and then back up. That seemed rather inefficient, given how close Petra is to where we were in along the Dead Sea highway, so we decided get in touch with our inner Lewis & Clark and start exploring.

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