MANILA, Philippines – Expect heavier than usual traffic in the city of Manila on Wednesday, July 2. Parts of Roxas Boulevard in the city of Manila will be closed to make way for a city-wide earthquake drill.
According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, both lanes of Roxas Boulevard from TM Kalaw Avenue to Quirino Avenue will be closed from 7 am to 3 pm.
The Wednesday earthquake will test the city’s disaster mitigation and response systems in two scenarios: the movement of the West Valley Fault, and the movement of the Manila Trench.
Should a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occur due to the movement of the West Valley Fault system, 40% of the city’s residential buildings are predicted to be heavily or partially damaged, according to a Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS) by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Data from JICA and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), meanwhile, suggest that a movement in the Manila trench could create tsunami waves 3.5 to 5.5 meters high. Once an alert is sounded, residents and responders will have an hour to move to higher ground.
The local city government says around 70% of establishments around the area are expected to be part of the drill.
Manila’s district traffic enforcement unit suggests motorists use Taft Avenue while part of Roxas boulevard is closed:
- All vehicles coming from northern part of Manila/Pier zone intending to utilize the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard: Turn left to P. Burgos, right to Ma. Orosa, right to TM Kalaw, left to MH del Pilar, or use Taft Avenue to point of destination.
- Vehicles coming from south of Manila intending to utilize the northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard: Turn right towards President Quirino, left to Taft Avenue.
- All vehicles coming from Jones, MacArthur or Quezon bridge: Use the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, go straight to Taft Avenue to point of destination.
– Bea Cupin/Rappler.com