QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Based on fossil samples that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology had collected they learned that it has a recurrence time of every 200 to 400 years. Based on its last movement, it is now in its 200th year so the probability movement is very high. From that assessment, it is time for the fault to move.
This was according to PHIVOLCS Deputy Director, Bartolome Bautista at the hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Climate Change and Environment and Natural Resources.
The West Valley Fault that extends to Cordillera, Sierra Madre up to Batangas and Tagaytay is expected to move anytime soon and could cause a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the country.
Bautista said these are the findings that resulted from the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Study they conducted in 2002.
“Pumapasok na siya sa recurrence time, pasok sa cycle yun po yung ine-encourage namin para lahat ay makapagprepare. Based sa recurrence time, tagal na syang hindi gumagalaw eh. Iba-iba yung pag-uugali ng faults [It fits the recurrence time; it fits the cycle. That is what we are trying to encourage so everyone can prepare. Based on the recurrence time, it hasn’t moved for a long time. Every fault moves differently], said Bautista.
If it finally moves anytime, the country will experience a very strong earthquake especially since the Philippines is situated at one of the most dangerous places on earth in terms of plate tectonics.
The senators explained that the hearing is not intended to scare the public but to inform everyone so the country can prepare for an earthquake with the same magnitude that hit Japan. (UNTV News)