Phivolcs Cites Need to Prepare for Earthquakes

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Phivolcs Cites Need to Prepare for Earthquakes


Aside from strong typhoons and floods, Filipinos should prepare for earthquakes, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned on Wednesday.At the resumption of the Senate climate change committee hearing, Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. underscored the need for earthquake preparedness as he raised the probability of a strong earthquake hitting Metro Manila and certain provinces in Northern and Central Luzon.“There’s no fault activity now. It’s locked. It’s not moving but it’s classified as active because it moved before," Solidum told the committee chaired by Senator Loren Legarda.Citing a study called the “Metropolitan Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction” conducted by Phivolcs, Solidum said that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake could devastate 40 percent of residential areas and 14 percent of high rise buildings in Metro Manila.Solidum cited the Marikina fault line, now known as the Valley Point System, which runs from Sierra Madre to Sta. Rosa, Laguna.He said a fault is classified active when it moved within the last 10,000 years.The line starts from the Sierra Madre and runs through Bulacan, Rodriguez, Rizal, Quezon City, the eastern side of Metro Manila including Pasig, Taguig, Muntinlupa, San Pedro, and Sta. Rosa in Laguna and ends in Carmona Cavite.“This is the length (of the valley fault line) but I don’t think the length will move because segmented iyan so the scenario of a magnitude 7.2 would be a scenario where central and northern segment will move,” he said“It is locked now so the probability of having it moved now is close to zero. But of course we need to prepare,” he said. …

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