PHIVOLCS: Residents Of Metro Manila Should Be Prepared For The Upcoming Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned the residents of Metro Manila to prepare for a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.
On Friday (February 10, 2017), Surigao Del Norte was struck by a strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake, which devastated the province and takes the lives of at least 8 people. Aftershocks were also experienced by the province after the incident.
Phivolcs warns Metro Manila and its nearby provinces to be prepared for the expected powerful earthquake, which will be caused by the West Valley Fault. The magnitude 7.2 earthquake could take thousands of lives so resident in the affected area should be well-prepared.
“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,” said by Renato Solidum, Phivolcs director quoted by Philstar,
The west Valley fault is already ripe for movement; the area roughly moves every 400 years. The last powerful earthquake in the area was recorded on 1658, which is 357 years ago, according to Solidum.
San Pedro, Biñan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna and Carmona, General Mariano Alvarez, and Silang in Cavite. Bulacan through Quezon City, Marikina, Makati, Pasig, Taguig, and Muntinlupa in Metro Manila are the areas that will be affected by the 100-kilometer fault traverse.
The powerful earthquake could badly destroy building and establishments. It could also injure around 100, 000 people and could kill 34, 000 people, according to the study of Japan International Cooperation Agency for Phivolcs and Metro Manila.
Solidum explained again that the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Sugirao should serve as a lesson for everyone to be well-prepared for the expected quake, approximate 3-4 years from now.
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