Phivolcs tells people to stay calm amidst earthquakes

Stay calm but be on guard.

That’s the reminder of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) amid the consecutive earthquakes that hit Davao and other nearby regions in Mindanao last week.

“Dili dapat kahadlukan ang earthquake basta prepared lang ug kabalo unsa ang mga necessary measures ang buhaton,” Svetlana Catoera of Philvolcs said during the National Disaster Resilience Month seminar and orientation held at the Grand Regal Hotel on Monday, July 15.

Catoera, however, said individuals must have knowledge on earthquake preparedness, a set of measures taken at the individual, organisational and societal level to minimize the effects of an earthquake.

Preparedness measures can range from securing heavy objects, structural modifications and storing supplies, to having insurance, an emergency kit, and evacuation plans.

What people in Davao Region must prepare of is Mati City’s so called “The Big One” and Central Davao Fault System which can bring a devastating magnituted 8.0 earthquake.

Catoera honestly admitted that these two faults will surely cause huge damage to Davao City.

“Even if ang epicenter naa sa Mati City, mas grabe ma-apektuhan ang downtown area sa Davao City, kay based on the studies, mas strong gahi ang soil sa Mati compared sa Davao City,” she explained.

The Central Davao Fault System, she added, is also a huge threat in causing big damage in the metro.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 11 vice chair for preparedness Nilda Cirunay, on the other hand, bared that in a scale of 1-10, Philippines can be rated as 6 in terms of calamity preparedness.