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#PrayForThePhilippines: ‘We never know when it’s gonna hit’

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#PrayForThePhilippines: ‘We never know when it’s gonna hit’
As news of a possible earthquake due to the West Valley Fault goes viral, so does #PrayForThePhilippines

MANILA, Philippines – Are you prepared for a major earthquake?

On Monday, May 18, government agencies launched The Valley Fault System Atlas, the most detailed and updated map of two major faults within Greater Metro Manila.

Such a map is critical as the Valley Fault System (VSF) is due for a big earthquake within the next 50 years.The atlas is a handbook with 33 map sheets of cities traversed by the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault.

The West Valley Fault is known to generate big quakes every 400 to 600 years, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr explained. The last major quake happened 357 years ago in 1658.

With 10 populated areas resting along the fault line, it is important that people are prepared for what may come.

Conversations started online and created at least two Twitter trending topics: West Valley Fault and #PrayForThePhilippines.

The #PrayForThePhilippines trending topic, which trended both in the Philippines and worldwide, is where Twitter users have gone to share their worries over the possible catastrophe that could happen any time.

Between 8 pm- 9 pm on Tuesday, May 19, #PrayForThePhilippines got 22,058,088 impressions.

A few of the most notable and retweeted Tweets are:

One user mistakenly thought that the Philippines had been hit by a big quake and used the hashtag to urge people to help.

As always, make sure to tweet responsibly in times of disaster. Use your account to spread information not panic, and stay safe! –

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