PHILVOCS Warns Residents along West Valley Fault: Prepare for the Big One.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) Director Renato Solidum ay nagbigay ng advised sa mga mamamayan na maging handa para sa isang mapanganib na lindol na dulot ng West Valley Fault at marahil tatama sa Metro Manila at kalapit na probinsya.

Ang nakakakilabot na 6.7 magnitude na lindol na tumama sa Probinsya ng Surigao del Norte ay isa sa nakakamatay na lindol na tumama sa kanilang lugar at kahit sa bansa. Nag iwan ito ng daan-daang sugatan at mga binawian ng buhay. Nakapagtala sila ng halos 150 na aftershocks at nasa 4.1 ang pinakamataas na naitala.

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This quake have resulted the Philippine fault line to move and is expected anytime soon at around 7.2 intensity. This would happen in the greater part of Metro Manila. The government particularly the disaster officials have released detailed maps which shows the danger zones that could help those affected areas to prepare.

According to Japan International Cooperation Agency for PHILVOCS and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), this earthquake would wipe out up to 34,000 people and can injure 100,000 more because of disintegrated buildings and structures.

There were reports that there are cracks on some houses and structures that are included in the fault line. Aside from that, some say that they noticed their houses seem to be submerging gradually.

Solidum informed the people to be extra vigilant if similar event happens. He also added that everyone must learn from the current consequences of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao del Norte.

t was estimated that the fault line moves every 400 years and the last huge quake transpired in 1658, which was 357 years ago to be exact. Affected areas were parts of Quezon City, Makati, Pasig, Taguig, Bulacan, Marikina, and Muntinlupa in Metro Manila. It also traveled on some parts of Cavite, General Mariano Alvarez, and Silang. Also in Laguna, San Pedro, Binan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba.

There were reports that areas near Marikina Valley to the area of Manila Bay are prone to experience tremors because this land sits on a soft soil.

Kaya dapat lahat tayo ay handa, dahil hindi naman natin kung bukas, samakalawa o susunod na taon ito tatama, ang magandang gawin ay dapat lagi tayong maging handa.

SOURCE: BOKLIT

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