MANILA, Philippines – Unlike other natural hazards, earthquakes do not come with warnings. While the potential vulnerability of areas can be determined, there are no indications when an earthquake will strike.
According to the 2004 Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS), the potential movement of the West Valley Fault could damage 40% of the total number of residential buildings within Metro Manila. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake will cause approximately 40,000 deaths and 114,000 injuries.
What can the public do to prepare for “the big one?” (READ: #OplanPagyanig: Join the nationwide earthquake drill)
In the next episode Project MOVE – regular discussions promoting foresight and safety, and fostering a culture of preparedness – Rappler talks to experts on the real-life perils and implications of neglect of geohazards and how the public can prepare for such disasters.
Dr Renato Solidum, Director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), will talk about the geohazards in the Philippines and what the public should know about them.
Safety and disaster risk reduction advocate Martin Aguda will discuss simple preparedness tips that can save lives during such disasters.
The discussion will air on Saturday, March 21 at 11 AM. Join the online discussion on social media and be prepared when the next earthquake strikes. – Rappler.com