Thursday, August 9, 2012

White Island (Sandbar), Camiguin

At White Island. An uninhabited white sandbar with the picturisque Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as the backdrop [2kms across Agoho and Yumbing, Camiguin]

Old Church Ruins, Camiguin

A Brief Account of Mt. Volcan Eruption
May 13, 1871

6:00 PM
Cotta Bato, the capital of Camiguin Island was a quiet and attractive town, verdant in its natural wonders. Its peaceful shores provided strolling grounds for its inhabitants as they basked under the gracious moonlight. Suddenly…

..tranquility came to a halt as a sub-terranean rumbling sowed to indescribable terror. Hundreds of houses and the churches crumbled into pieces, the ground rolled and broke into deep crevices with horrifying earthquake served only as prelude to the destructive climax, a cataclysm never witnessed before Mt. Volcan gave out its fiercest and most violent outbreak.

6:20 PM
Cotta Bato was but a dreadful pile of ruins. The single volcanic eruption buried a beautiful town into obscurity.

Hundreds of lives were lost while the survivors sought refuge in the open country that gave them hope for tomorrow.