DISASTERS: The Fates Are Angry

To the coastal residents of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, the 30-ft. waves created by a giant underwater earthquake seemed like the wrath of heaven itself. "God in all his glory did not let this happen without reason," said one Mindanao official in an emotional appeal to the stricken population of Cotabato City (pop. 80,000), 500 miles south of Manila, to cooperate in rescue work. Observed a health officer: "We suffered the brunt of the Moslem insurgency in 1973, and we had the drought in 1972. Now this. Some of the...

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