‘Big One’ Earthquake Possible After Magnitude 6.1 Quake Hits Luzon?, Phivolcs Respond
Does the controversial ‘Big One’ earthquake possible after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits several parts of Luzon yesterday?
On Monday afternoon (April 22, 2019), a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the parts of Luzon causing damages in the area.
The earthquake’s epicenter has been located at the town of Castillejos, Zambales, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila.
On Tuesday morning (April 23, 2019), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recorded at least 406 aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 1.4 to 3.4.
The powerful tremor took the lives of at least 11 people in the towns of Porac and Lubao, Pampanga.
Many people fear that the quake was the so-called “Big One”, a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the West Valley Fault.
However, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum disclosed the rumors and speculations assuring the public that the Monday quake is not a major earthquake.
“This is definitely not a major earthquake, we don’t expect significant damage,” Solidum said.
In 2017, Solidum said that the West Valley Fault roughly moves every 400 years wherein the last major earthquake generated by the fault was in 1658.
The state seismologists have already warned the public that the fault is already ripe for movement.
This article aims to raise public awareness regarding the “Big One” and does not intend to cause fear or panic.
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