Saturday, 11 February 2012 00:00
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) have revealed that there is a probability that Zamboanga City will experience earthquake due of its location.
PHIVOLCS Zamboanga City Science Research Analyst Engr. Allan Rommel Labayog said, "Earthquake is already part of our lives. There is a probability because we are surrounded by two tectonic trenches, the Sulu and Cotabato trench which could trigger an earthquake and tsunami.”
Aside from this, the Sulu trench last moved in September 21, 1897 while the Cotabato trench last moved on August 17, 1976. So there is that probability that it will move again.
Earlier, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Negros Oriental Province damaging several structures and hitting various areas in Regions VI and VII.
Labayog said the whole country is at risk as the Philippines is one of the countries located along Pacific Ring of Fire. Because of this, he is advising the public to prepare an evacuation plan. The preparation will also include emergency kit to include water, foodstuff, and flashlights. Labayog advised the public to stay calm during earthquakes, duck, cover, and hold, stay away from glass windows, shelves, cabinets, and other heavy objects. If outside, stay away from trees, power lines, concrete structures, and if driving, stop and do not attempt to cross a bridge. Sometimes after earthquake, a tsunami may also follow.
Labayog said their office already has complete equipment to monitor earthquakes and is conducting information dissemination in offices and schools.
He added that they are also open anytime for lectures and field trips especially for school children. The students can go to their office to see the equipments, educational materials and exhibits.
By R.G. A A. Go
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