Osama bin Laden is dead – traveling in this region of the world should be interesting… I’ll update this post afterward with local reaction from Vietnam & Laos. Yep, I’m off to Laos – will resume posting more when I get an internet connection again! Back in a couple weeks
Note – this post has moved to here –Monkey steals camera
Who knew primates had photography skills? A monkey stole a wildlife photographer’s camera, and then started taking pictures of himself, even smiling in the photos. The crested black macaque monkey (black ape) swiped the camera and took self-portraits at arms length, like you’d see on a 15-year old girl’s Facebook page.
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
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
Just a few short weeks after leaving Jordan and Bahrain, the Middle East fell apart. Egypt has been all over the news, but there’s been quite a bit going on in Bahrain and Jordan (where I traveled) as well. I’m now out safely – I’ll post more of Jordan today but wanted to let you know that I’m out safely. The New York Times just posted this story with an update on what’s going on in Bahrain:
This small nation in the Persian Gulf, with only about one million residents, half of them foreign workers, has long been among the most politically volatile in the region. The principal tension is between the royal family under King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and the ruling elites, who are mostly Sunnis, on one side, and the approximately 70 percent of the local population that is Shiite on the other. Occupying mostly run-down villages with cinder block buildings and little else, many Shiites say they face systemic discrimination in employment, housing, education and government.