Phivolcs warns of “the bigger one” PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 14:20

by RG Antonet Go

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has warned residents of a massive earthquake and an accompanying tsunami generated by the Sulu Trench.

“I call this personally the Bigger One.  Based on worst case scenarios, the earthquake can be triggered from the Sulu Trench,” said Phivolcs Officer in Charge Engineer Allan Rommel Labayog.

Labayog said that a magnitude 8 earthquake could lead to massive shaking which makes it difficult for persons to remain standing.

A 10-meter tsunami, the height of which can be compared to a three-storey building, is also likely to accompany the earthquake since the seismic activity happens at sea, Labayog explained.

“El chance tali lang but the question is when,” Labayog said.

Areas likely to be affected are thousands of structures located along the coastlines of Zamboanga city, particularly canning factories located near the shore.

The last time the Sulu trench moved was on September 21, 1897, more than a hundred years ago.

It generated a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and a 6-meter tsunami which led to loss of thousands of lives.

Labayog exhorted the local government and individual families to always be prepared with a disaster preparedness plan.

“Let’s make everyday a disaster preparedness day,” Labayog said.  (RGAAGo)