The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned Metro Manila residents of the possible movement of the West Valley Fault that threatens the entire National Capital Region.
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Due to the recent Magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hits Bohol and Cebu City on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Phivolcs and the MMDA reviewed their emergency plans and measures in case the same strength of earthquake will hit Metro Manila.
According to the studies conducted by Phivolcs, the magnitude 7.2 earthquake will affect Metro Manila once the dangerous West Valley Fault will start to move. The West Valley Fault stretches from the Province of Bulacan to the Province of Laguna in the south traversing Metro Manila areas.
The Philippines is located in the world-renowned Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where large numbers of volcanic eruptions and earthquake occur. This belt of oceanic trenches and volcanic arcs has been ripe for the past few years and it’s ready to unleash havoc across the Pacific Rim.
The West Valley Fault Line or formerly known as the “Marikina Valley Fault System,” moved every 400 years, the last time that fault line moved was way back the year 1658. There is a possibility that within 2000-2058, the West Valley Fault will unleash havoc to the cities of Metro Manila.
In preparation for the West Valley Fault’s movement the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) prepared four areas of Metro Manila as evacuation centers on their “Oplan Metro Yakal.” The program will make use four areas of NCR as evacuation centers, they have also prepared the Pasig River as the best alternative route to designated evacuation centers.