#Pagyanig: NDRRMC holds nationwide simultaneous quake drill


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#Pagyanig: NDRRMC holds nationwide simultaneous quake drill
The country's disaster agency leads the nationwide drill with a scenario on the possible movement of the West Valley Fault


MANILA, Philippines – Is the Philippines prepared for an earthquake?

To intensify community preparedness and strengthen the local government’s commitment in building safe communities, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday, April 21, conducted the nationwide earthquake drill for the first quarter of the year.

LIFELINES. Members of Kabalikat Civicom help reestablish communications via ham radio. Image courtesy Abegail Llamazares / Rappler

The ceremonial launch was conducted in Clark Airbase in Angeles City, Pampanga, which will be the government’s headquarters should an earthquake devastate the capital.

“Our preparedness does not rest in the hands of one person or one government agency alone. It rests in our very hands as we put them together on the concerted effort of building safer, adaptive and resilient communities,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said. (WATCH: Project MOVE: Preparing for earthquakes)

SITREP. A member of the incident command post team briefs media on the #Pagyanig situation. Image courtesy abegail Llamazares / Rappler

The drill is based on a 7.2-magnitude earthquake caused by the movement of the West Valley Fault. According to the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS), this scenario is expected to bring devastation to Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional offices also conducted earthquake drills in their areas.

On social media, netizens and government agencies nationwide posted photos of their duck, cover, and hold drills.

The nationwide drill was conducted on the heels of major earthquakes that struck Ecuador, Myanmar, Japan, and Vanuatu. Many feared that the “Big One” could be about to strike after these recent strong tremors happened, but the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) dismissed the rumors, noting that the quakes have no influence on each other. – David Lozada/ Rappler.com

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