DAVAO, Philippines — After a magnitude 4.7 quake hit Davao City on Thursday, an information is now circulating in some social media sites warning Davaoeños of a strong quake that may hit the city anytime between February 24 until March 8.
The message states that the movement of the Surigao to Mati fault will trigger a quake with a magnitude of 7 or more.
However the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) said the information is not true.
OCD 11 Operations Staff Franz Irag said, “Wala po tayong available na equipment na pwedeng magamit para ma predict kung kailan tatama ang nasabing earthquake (We do not have available equipment that could predict when an earthquake may hit) .”
The OCD strongly suggests that the public only rely on legitimate sources like the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology or PHIVOLCS when it comes to earthquakes.
The agency also appeals to the public not to share any unverified information so as not to cause panic or confusion.
But the OCD advises everyone to be ready because we could never tell when a strong quake may happen.
History also tells us that in 1924 the Davao Region was hit by an 8.3 magnitude quake following the movement of the Surigao to Mati fault.
As a matter of precaution, the OCD advises everyone to be knowledgeable on what to do when an earthquake hits.
Irag added, “Know the basic procedures yung tinatawag natin na duck, cover and hold technique sa earthquake and evacuation drill na ginagawa natin.”
(Know the basic procedures, such as the duck, cover and hold technique which we do during earthquake and evacuation drills.)
It is also wise to prepare a survival kit in our homes that could last for 3 days.
“Yung mga pwedeng laman nung tinatawag natin na emergency kit is yung tubig, ekstrang gamot sa sipon, ubo kung saka sakali, and yung mga ekstrang damit, pagkain, tubig, flashlight, battery operated radios and yung nga important documents,” OCD 11’s Irag reminded.
(The emergency kit must contain water, medicines maybe for cough and colds, extra clothes, food, flashlight, battery operated radio and our important documents.) — Victor Cosare / UNTV News & Rescue
Magsaysay, Davao Del Sur has declared a state of calamity after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Mindanao on Wednesday (October 16).
This is due to the amount of damage brought by the strong quake. According to Mayor Arthur Davin the calamity fund will be used to provide food for the victims of the earthquake.
The local government will also coordinate with other government agencies to aid residents who have lost their homes.
Based on the report of the local government, around 204 houses are totally damaged while more then 600 are partially damaged.
The local government is also calling out to the national government to also provide assistance.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Council (NDRRMC), more than 600 families or over 3,000 individuals were affected by the earthquake. Death toll has reached five while 89 were injured.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
The death toll from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (October 16), has reached five while 53 were injured.
Based on the latest situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), three casualties were from Davao del Sur, one was from Cotabato and another one was from Maguindanao.
Fear still lingers in the eyes of Arnold Awag, a father and a resident of Sitio Agco in Kidapawan City.
Arnold was preparing his kids for bedtime when the 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked several parts of Mindanao on Wednesday (October 16).
Arnold recalled that it was like being swayed by the earth in a giant swing they never wished to be on. He could still hear the fearful cries of his children.
Sitio Agco is located in an area that is prone to landslides. Arnold’s home is at the foot of Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.
“Itinago ko ang mga bata sa ilalim ng mesa para hindi sila tamaan ng hollow block. Iyak sila ng iyak kagabi. Parang umiikot at dinuduyan kami kagabi (I hid the kids under the table to keep them safe from falling hollow blocks. They were crying a lot last night),” he said.
Their home was damaged due to the strong quake but his family is safe. They were among the 400 residents in Sitio Agco who were evacuated due to the possible threat of a landslide.
Marilou Miyashiro, another resident, said she might have heard a landslide when the earthquake happened.
“Nang lumindol lumabas kami, tumilapon iyong anak ko. Naglaglagan iyong aming mga gamit hangang namaay ang ilaw. Naglabasan kami, naririnig ko parang nagkaroon ng landslide (During the earthquake, my children got thrown off and our belongings fell until the lights went out. We went outside and it seemed like we heard a landslide),” she said.
At present, the Kidapawan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office is inspecting the landslide-prone areas.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
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