Thursday 10 August 2017

Earthquake in Batangas affects Metro Manila

At around 1:30Pm  a 6.1 magnitude earthquake was felt in the entire Metro Manila.

This is by far the highest  recorded since the government started the series of  metro wide earthquake evacuation  drills, in preparation for the BIG O. The last Shake Drill was conducted last July 14-17.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology  and Seismology (PHILVOCS-DOST) has identified the epicenter at Lian in Batangas.

Screen grab from the Facebook page of PHIVOLCS
Government authorities are still verifying reports of damage as of presstime.

The Metro Manila ShakeDrill  (#MMShakeDrill) is a metro-wide earthquake drill. It aims to promote a culture of preparedness among Metro Manila residents for a possible 7.2 magnitude movement of the West Valley Fault.

It is organized by the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) and managed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and other agencies and stakeholders.

Everyone in Metro Manila participated in the drill, whether in the comforts of their home or at work or in schools, or even in the road. The Shake drill was designed to simulate an expected 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

The Metro Manila ShakeDrill has been coordinated with the barangays, government agencies, hospitals, businesses, schools, BPOs, mall operators and the religious sector in order to ensure the widest participation.
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