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Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:52

by RG Antonet Go

 

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) said that it has prepared its plans in case an earthquake strikes in the city of Zamboanga.

The reaction was issued in relation to recent statements made by the Philippine Volcanology and Seisomology-9 (Phivolcs-9) that a movement by the Sulu Trench could generate a magnitude 8 earthquake that can be more destructive than the West Valley fault in Metro Manila.

“Hopefully nohay susede pero we are prepared,” said Dr. Elmier Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer.

Apolinario said that the office has heavy equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks, fire trucks and power extricators that can be used in case of an earthquake.

The city also reportedly has a contingency plan for earthquakes.

During a recent press briefing, Phivolcs-9 Officer in Charge Engr Allan Labayog gave two areas of preparation for earthquake incidents that should be addressed by local officials.

Aside from a disaster preparedness plan, the local government should also study the engineering aspect or the soundness of structures to check if they can withstand a major quake.

He said that a developed country such as Japan has a contingency plan in place but thousands still suffered the effects of an earthquake which occurred in the country in the year 2010.  (RGAAGo)