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Will engineers, architects go on ‘earthquake mission’ to assess structures?

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum advocates that engineers and architects conduct an audit of houses for free to assess if they have sustained damage from earthquakes

COLLAPSED. The window of a house in Barangay Ilomavis in Cotabato collapsed, along with some part of the wall, because of the strong earthquake. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocks Quezon province

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:38 AM

A Phivolcs report says there are no expected damage in the early morning tremor

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocks parts of Mindanao

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Phivolcs says there is no damage expected from the earthquake in Mindanao on Sunday, September 29, but there are aftershocks

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Quezon

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says damage and aftershocks are expected

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocks Davao Oriental

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The latest tremor in Davao Oriental is the 5th major temblor to shake the province since a magnitude 7.2 quake in December 2018

Rappler Talk: Earthquakes and hazards in the Philippines

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Rappler talks to National Institute of Geological Sciences' Mario Aurelio about how vulnerable the country is to earthquakes

Phivolcs unveils app that maps out hazards in the Philippines

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

HazardHunterPH gives a summary of hazards in the user's chosen location, along with an explanation and recommendation to help people better understand the findings

DEMO. People check out a demonstration of HazardHunterPH in its launch on Tuesday, July 16. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

FALSE: 'Phivolcs found Mount Pinatubo irregularities' after Luzon earthquake

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Phivolcs says there have been no signs of volcanic unrest after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts Visayas

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:01 PM

(UPDATED) The epicenter of the Visayas earthquake on Tuesday, April 23, is located in Eastern Samar

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Luzon

Apr 22, 2019 - 5:19 PM

(6th UPDATE) The earthquake leaves at least 9 people dead in Pampanga. Aftershocks are also recorded.

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Sarangani

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says aftershocks are expected

EARTHQUAKE. An earthquake hits Sarangani province on Mach 16, 2019. Image from Phivolcs

MISLEADING: Phivolcs 'predicts' a Metro Manila earthquake

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'We cannot predict when or where an earthquake will happen,' Phivolcs says, in response to an inaccurate claim posted online

Phivolcs downgrades Kanlaon alert status to Level 1

Jan 12, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Phivolcs says it lowered the alert status of the volcano as 'no magmatic eruption is foreseen in the immediate future'

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

Phivolcs lifts tsunami warnings in Mindanao

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says minor sea level disturbances resulting from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Davao Oriental 'have largely passed'

LOOK: Mayon Volcano spews ash, still on Alert Level 2

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Phivolcs says people should not be allowed to enter Mayon's 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone and the 7-kilometer radius Extended Danger Zone

ASH. Mayon Volcano spews ash anew on December 27, 2018 at 8:17 am. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

2 ash eruptions from Mayon volcano seen November 26

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The volcano in Albay remains under Alert Level 2, which means 'a moderate level of unrest'

MOUNT MAYON. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon volcano. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off Davao Oriental

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says damage is expected from the earthquake, as well as aftershocks

Image from Phivolcs

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Sarangani

Jul 03, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected from the earthquake on Tuesday, July 3, but there will be aftershocks

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes off Batangas

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected from the earthquake on Tuesday, July 3, but there will be aftershocks

After months of quiet, Mayon volcano erupts again

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:30 PM

'There's no time to relax. Even if the volcano looks calm from the distance, from our instrument, the volcano is still in abnormal condition,' says Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta

MOUNT MAYON. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon volcano. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Catanduanes

May 05, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says no damage has been reported following the quake

Image from Phivolcs

Albay officials order decampment of over 54,000 Mayon evacuees

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office orders the total decampment of Mayon evacuees from the cities of Legazpi and Ligao, and the municipalities of Sto Domingo and Bacacay

MAYON. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs' resident volcanologist chief in Bicol, announces lowering of Mayon volcano's status from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, March 6, during a press briefing at the Apsemo hall. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Phivolcs lowers Mayon volcano status to Alert Level 3

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it lowered Mayon's alert status to reflect the 'overall decrease in the level of unrest'

MAYON VOLCANO. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon Volcano. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has lowered the status of Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 3 on March 6. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Lorenzana: Disaster preparedness is a never-ending effort

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Local government officials should be at the forefront of disaster preparedness efforts, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, after the first National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Quezon City

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Phivolcs warns Mayon still dangerous, far from peak explosion

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

New magma is pushing to the crater, says Phivolcs' resident volcanologist in Bicol, as nearly 20,000 families remain in evacuation camps

BFP trainees from Regions 4A, 5 & 8 walk like duck as part of the Fire Basic Rescue Course (FBRC) in Ligao City, Albay. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mayon's abnormal activity wanes, lowering of alert level mulled

Feb 03, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Philvocs however warns that in 1984, Mayon also slowed down a week before it had a major eruption

Philippine Air Force airman carries a child as soldiers assist the decampment of Mayon evacuees outside the 8-km extended danger zone. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mayon victims sent home to prevent outbreaks in evacuation camps

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Office of Civil Defense is prepared should the alert level rise and force further evacuations, however

EVACUEES. A Mayon evacuee takes care of her child. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Phivolcs investigating change in eruption appearance on Mayon

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum also calls Mayon volcano 'the most interesting volcano that we have'

MAYON VOLCANO. A view of Mayon Volcano spewing plumes of smoke and ash. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Phivolcs warns of lahar flow from Mayon after rainfall

Jan 27, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The areas of Guinobatan, Ligao, Camalig, Daraga, Legazpi, Malilipot and Tabaco are at the most risk in the event of a lahar flow

Phivolcs official in Bicol warns disaster officials and residents of southeast quadrant of Mayon volcano to be on guard as lahar deluge might takes place in case of heavy rain due to bad weather disturbance. Typhoon Pablo is threatens to hit in Bicol on December 4 to 5 in southern portion of the region.(RHAYDZ B. BARCIA)

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Solidum: Mayon eruption may not be over

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Here is a list of reminders for the public during and after a volcanic eruption

Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Alert Level 4 raised over Mayon Volcano

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Classes in all levels across Albay are suspended, and residents are advised to wear face masks and stay indoors

Albay seeks 'augmentation support' from gov't for evacuees

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:10 AM

More than 7,000 families are temporarily sheltered in evacuation sites due to Mayon Volcano

'RESTIVE.' Volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon volcano tumbled down over the ricefields in Albay on November 1, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Mayon lava flow advances 3 kilometers, endangering farmers in 'no man's land'

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Because of the fertile soil there, a number of vegetable farmers continuously return to the area declared as 'no man's land' to harvest crops – despite the strict prohibition of Phivolcs officials

CAMALLIG TOWN FARMING. Farmers in Camalig town till their farmland while the restive Mayon volcano ejects lava. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Rappler Talk: How serious is the Mayon Volcano threat?

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz talks with Phivolcs chief Renato Soldum Jr about the threat of a 'hazardous eruption' from one of the 6 most active volcanoes in the Philippines

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Jan 16, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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Jan 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

Jan 15, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The volcano in Albay is under Alert Level 3, which means a 'hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days'

PYROCLASTIC FLOW. A view of the pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mayon Volcano on January 15, 2018. Photo courtesy Phivolcs

'Hazardous' Mayon Volcano eruption possible within days

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raises Alert Level 3 for the Mayon Volcano in Albay

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Mayon Volcano status raised to Alert Level 2

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The status alert change comes after a steam-driven eruption that caused ash falls in areas of Albay

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

Mount Kanlaon remains restive, records 1,217 quakes in 24 hours

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Mount Kanlaon is still on Alert Level 2, which means the volcano is undergoing a moderate level of unrest

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

Negros Occidental town suspends classes as Mount Kanlaon emits sulfur fumes

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Authorities say residents in La Castellana town complained about the odor coming from the active volcano, which remains on Alert Level 2

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

Mount Kanlaon now on Alert Level 2

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raises the alert level after it recorded 279 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours

TREKKERS WELCOME. Mount Kanlaon is again open to trekkers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Lanao del Sur

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected, but there are aftershocks

2 dead as shallow earthquake hits Leyte

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED The quake s epicenter was located just northeast of Albuera Leyte with a depth of focus at just 5 kilometers below ground Phivolcs says

The location of the earthquake's epicenter. Image courtesy Phivolcs

In tweets: Where magnitude 6.3 earthquake was felt in Luzon

Aug 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

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6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Batangas

Aug 11, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Phivolcs says no damage is expected after the earthquake

Need for NDRRMC approval causes delay in sending disaster alerts

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Grace Poe want to cut the red tape during emergencies saying science agencies can send the alerts themselves

LGUs, private companies participate in the 3rd #MMShakeDrill

Jul 14, 2017 - 6:21 PM

The scenarios performed by the different local government units for MMShakeDrill seek to foster a culture of preparedness in anticipation of the movement of the West Valley Fault

JUST A DRILL. Responders simulate a fire scenario at the inside the Mandaluyong City Hall complex. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler