PHIVOLCS WARNING! 'Residents of Metro Manila And Nearby Provinces Should Prepare for the Big One!'
Just a few days ago, a devastating 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the province of Surigao del Norte, leading to hundreds of casualties, including deaths.
It was one of the deadliest quakes that have occurred in the province, caused by the movement of the Philippine fault line which is sitting by the volcano-ridden 'Pacific Ring of Fire.’
Philippine Star reported that PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum warned people, specifically the Metro Manila residents and nearby provinces, to prepare for the massive earthquake that would be caused by the West Valley Fault.
He said that around 7.2 intensity of the earthquake would be expected from the fault time that is due to move anytime soon.
Solidum warned, “Everyone must learn from the recent effects of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao del Norte. If a similar event happens in a highly urbanized area, the effects can be more devastating.”
State seismologists have also warned the public about the huge earthquake that would happen in the majority of Metro Manila. According to them, Manila is affected if the West Valley Fault moves.
The fault line is estimated to moved every 400 years and the last earthquake that occurred was in 1658, 357 years ago. It is 100-kilometer in length and spans over parts of Bulacan, Quezon City, Marikina, Makati, Pasig, Taguig and Muntinlupa in Metro Manila.
It also travels through San Pedro, Biñan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna, and Carmona, General Mariano Alvarez, and Silang in Cavite.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency for Phivolcs and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority reported that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake would wipe out up to 34,000 people and injure 100,000 more because of collapsed buildings and structures.
GMA News reported that areas near the waters, like Marikina Valley to Manila de Bay, are most likely to experience tremors because of the soft soil that the land sits on.
What do you think? Are you doing all you can to prepare for the ‘Big One?’ Let us know in the comments section below!