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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Earth Quake Threat Awareness and Preparation

Today's post is very important, since we are facing a very big threat of disaster. A mommy blogger wants to share her thoughts and information about the earthquake which is named as the "Big One".

Earthquake Awareness
by: Roselie Soliveros Torres

We mothers are always aware and observant about what’s happening around our environment. Even sometimes, we over react to threats or signs of catastrophe or calamities which are all very common nowadays. These days where all these disasters are nearly possible to happen, we should always be informed and educated when it comes to disaster awareness and prevention.

I really believe that we should take all the warnings seriously and we should involve our children to bravely prepare for the  “Big One”. The Big One is what the Philippine Institute of  Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)director Renato Solidum is referring to when he said that “The Valley Fault System of Luzon anytime now would move. As recorded, it moved in 1658 and will move every 400 to 600 years and since its 357 years now, Phivolcs have launch The Valley Fault System in Greater Metro Manila Area Atlas where the fault line is going to move: (http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/images/VFS-Atlas/index.html).

According to PHIVOLCS, The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) with two fault traces: the 10 km long East Valley Fault in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake which poses threat to people’s lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood. (visit http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/ to learn more)

In a Rappler article  entitled Schools, hospitals near West Valley Fault  last May 23, 2015,  they  scanned the West Valley Fault Atlas to check for schools, hospitals, military installations, prominent neighborhoods and utilities that appear to be located within 500 meters to 1 kilometer from the fault. The following areas are believed  to  be nearly affected if the big one hits Manila, and giving the same credit to Rappler for this very informative post.

Province of Bulacan:

  • Angat Reservoir and Dam
  • Rodriguez, Rizal:
  • Tagumpay Elementary School
  • Tagumpay National High School
  • Froebelian College of Science and Technology

Quezon City:

  • Bagong Silangan High School
  • Fairhope Academy
  • MWSS-Balara
  • San Jose Seminary
  • Loyola School of Theology/House of Studies, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the AFP, NDRRMC, and OCD
  • Camp Rigoberto Atienza, Libis, headquarters of the 51st  Engineering Brigade

Marikina City:

  • Barangka Elementary School
  • Industrial Valley
  • Riverbanks Mall and Complex
  • Padre Annibale School

Pasig City:

  • Meralco Foundation Institute
  • Ateneo de Manila University School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Meralco Building
  • Medical City
  • St. Paul College Pasig
  • Department of Education Offices
  • Philippine Sports Commission – Ultra
  • Victory Christian School
  • Universal Robina Corporation
  • Mary Immaculate Hospital
  • Rizal Medical Center
  • Buting Elementary School

Makati City:

  • East Rembo Elementary School
  • Benigno Aquino High School
  • Ospital ng Makati – Pembo
  • Raised U-trn slots along C5, near Makati and Taguig
  • Pembo Elementary School

Taguig City:

  • Fisher Valley College
  • Signal Village Elementary School
  • Signal Village National High School

Parañaque City:

  • PNR Sucat Railway Station
  • Sucat Thermal Power Plant

Muntinlupa City:

  • PAREF – Southridge
  • Skyway
  • South Luzon Expressway
  • Mababang Paaralan ng Cupang
  • Muntinlupa Water Treatment Facility
  • Christ the King College of Science and Technology
  • Medical Center Muntinlupa
  • Muntinlupa Central Post Office
  • Spring College of Science and Technology
  • Paaralang Central ng Muntinlupa
  • Muntinlupa Division of City Schools
  • Ultra Mega Supermarket
  • Muntinlupa City Hall of Justice
  • Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines – Muntinlupa
  • SM Muntinlupa
  • Alaska Milk Corporation

Province of Laguna:

  • Monark Foundation Institute, San Pedro, Laguna
  • DLSU Science and Technology Complex, Biñan, Laguna

Province of Cavite:

  • San Lazaro Leisure Park and Casino, Carmona, Cavite

The purpose of this post is not to cause panic but to create awareness for a more prepared community. Many subdivisions have already been established in the fault line before Phivolcs  gathered these information through series of studies and observation and as a result, an estimated numbers of  34,000 people will die and approximately 100,000 people will be injured.

PHIVOLCS, advises everyone to be ready and everyone should know what to do before and after the earthquake. Months ago, different agencies both public and private joint forces to give early warnings as well as awareness of what might be the worst effect of the disaster.

As a response to preparations, all cities and municipalities of Metro Manila will conduct an earthquake drill on July 30, 2015. The drill will last for one hour from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, the MMDA hopes that all schools, hospitals, malls, call centers, offices and the government will participate in the drill, Rappler has complete information about the upcoming earthquake drill. (http://www.rappler.com/nation/94973-metro-manila-earthquake-drill-july-30).

In the past few weeks, I’ve been briefing my kids about earthquake awareness, how to cover themselves in case it really happens, where to hide and what to do during and after the earthquake. Aside from the school earthquake drills which already have been held two times, I also let them watch actual training and procedure online. Memorizing important emergency numbers is also very important, I taught them to memorize numbers otherwise take them down in their notes. 

We can never control the “Big One”, but better be ready than do nothing at all and feel sorry in the end.

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