IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila prepares for the ‘Big One’

Abigail Abigan
IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila prepares for the ‘Big One’
The MMDA's earthquake drill to prepare for 'The Big One' occurs at 1pm, one hour after a text blast is sent to get people ready for the exercise

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) held its fourth Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill after sending a text blast an hour before the drill’s start time at 1 pm on Thursday, July 19.

Dubbed the #MMShakeDrill, local government units, private companies, and individuals performed their response protocols for “The Big One,” a major earthquake expected to hit Metro Manila once the West Valley Fault moves. Individually, residents of Metro Manila performed the “duck, cover, and hold” during the earthquake drill. (READ: What dangers await when the West Valley Fault moves?)

According to Quezon City disaster risk reduction and management chief Mike Marasigan, there is a need to participate in earthquake exercises to practice and test the safety measures for a major earthquake scenario. (READ: Earthquake tips: what to do before during, and after an earthquake)

“We have to teach them what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, and how to survive on their own,” said Marasigan.

Based on the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS), a study that analyzed the different possible earthquake scenarios, the strong earthquake that could hit the mega city will leave 33,500 people dead and an about 113,600 more injured.

In the staging and planning of the earthquake drill, the MMDA has divided Metro Manila into 4 quadrants.

“No one can predict when an earthquake will happen. We must be prepared at all times so we want the shake drill unannounced,” said MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.

Here are some of the action-packed scenes from the different earthquake drill around the metro:

Quezon City

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

RESCUE MISSIONS. A high altitude rescue was executed at Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

RESCUE MISSIONS. A high altitude rescue was executed at Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila

 FIRST AID. Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Special Rescue Unit (BFP-SRU) search for mock victims inside the Manila City Hall. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FIRST AID. Nurse apply first aid to rescued victims inside the Manila City Hall. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DUCK. Students participate on the 4th Metro Manila simultaneous Earthquake drill in Artaullo High School , Manila.
Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Makati

MMDA employees line up by quadrants outside the MMDA building. Photo by Samantha Bagayas

 

Did you think the unannounced drills were effective? Let us know in the comments below! – Rappler.com

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