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NDRRMC, nagsagawa ng nationwide simultaneous drill bilang paghahanda sa lindol

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Inaapula ng mga bumbero ang sunog sa isang gusali bilang bahagi ng nationwide simultaneous drill na isinagawa ng NDRRMC sa Roxas Boulevard kahapon, Hulyo 2, 2014 (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Naglabasan ang mga tao sa isang gusali sa Roxas Boulevard pasado alas-9:30 kahapon ng umaga, Miyerkules, matapos makarinig ng sirena.

Sa kuha ng UNTV drone, tila may sunog sa corporate building ng PAGCOR na katapat lang ng US embassy. Ilang minuto pa ay nagdatingan na rin ang iba pang bumbero upang apulain ang sunog.

Dumating din ang mga rescue unit mula sa iba’t-ibang lugar ng Metro Manila upang bigyang first aid ang mga sugatang empleyado.

Ilan lamang ang mga senaryong ito sa mga posibleng mangyari kung sakaling gagalaw ang west valley fault.

Bahagi ito ng earthquake drill na isinagawa ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa bansa bilang paghahanda sa lindol.

Ayon sa Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology o PHIVOLCS, posible gumalaw ang west valley fault na may 7.2 magnitude na lindol na katumbas  ng intensity 8 na lindol sa Metro Manila. Huling gumalaw ang west valley fault 356 years na ang nakalilipas.

“Parang sinasabi lang, in our lifetime baka gumalaw ito. So ang issue is dapat maghanda tayo at hindi tayo maunahan na mangyari man ang lindol na ito”, pahayag ni PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum.

Ayon sa PHIVOLCS, kung hindi mapaghahandaan ay malalagay sa panganib ang may 31 libong buhay sa Metro Manila lalo na kung mangyayari ito sa gabi.

Samantala, nag-akyatan naman ang mga tao sa isa pang building sa Roxas Boulevard matapos na tumunog at marinig ang bell. Hudyat ito ng paparating na tsunami mula sa Manila Bay. Bahagi rin ito ng drill kung gagalaw naman ang Manila Trench.

Sa pag-aaral ng PHIVOLCS, kung gagalaw ang Manila Trench, maaari itong maglabas ng 8.2 magnitude na lindol at magdulot ng hanggang 3 metrong tsunami at apawan ang Roxas Boulevard at posibleng abutin ang mga buiding sa kahabaan ng Roxas Boulevard.

Ang haba ng Manila Trench ay mula sa Mindoro hanggang sa Taiwan.

Sa pamamagitan ng drill na ito ay masusukat ng pamahalaan kung gaano kahanda  ang isang lugar sakaling  magkaroon ng sakuna.

Kaya’t pakiusap naman ng NDRRMC, sana’y huwag gawing biro ng mga tao ang drill sa lugar na pagdaraosan nito.

“Sa totoong insidente, segundo po ang pinaguusapan natin diyan,  ang binibilang natin. Kung tayo po ay parang namamasyal sa buwan nung sinasabing ang senaryo ay guguho na yung building ay pagdating ng araw po wala po tayong ibang masisi kundi yung sarili natin”, saad ni NDRRMC Executive Director Usec. Alexander Pama.

Suhestyon naman ng PHIVOLCS na magsagawa rin ng paghahanda sa bawat tahanan.

“Gumawa ng evacuation plan sa bahay at saan sila mag-evacuate sa komunidad at isubmit sa teacher para ma-check kung tama kasi ngayon handa tayo sa eskwelahan pero hindi sa bahay”, ani Solidum. (Rey Pelayo, UNTV News)

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1 killed, 11 injured after a magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Peru

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

Large cracks seen on roads after a magnitude 8 earthquake rocked Peru on May 26, 2019 | (c) 2019 Thomson Reuters

A magnitude 8 earthquake has killed one person and injured 11 in the northern Amazon in Peru on Sunday (May 26). More than 50 homes were destroyed including schools, churches, and hospitals. 

A 48-year-old man was killed after a boulder struck his home, according to emergency officials.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake was around 75 km SSE (south-southeast) of Lagunas and 180 km east of the town of Moyobamba, Peru. It was also felt in Ecuador and Colombia.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra posted on Twitter that authorities were “evaluating the affected areas” and urged people to remain calm.

Meanwhile, there are still no reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs if there are Filipinos affected by the earthquake.

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No Filipinos hurt in Papua New Guinea quake—DFA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Courtesy: USGS

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reported that no Filipinos were hurt during the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday (May 7).

There are approximately 36,000 Filipinos living in Papua New Guinea.

According to the Philippine Embassy in Port Moresby Chargé d’Affaires Mary Grace Villamayor, they are currently coordinating with the Filipino community in the affected cities of Lae and Kokopo.

“The Embassy continuously monitors the situation and stands ready to provide the necessary assistance,” The DFA statement said.

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Comelec prepares contingency plan in case of earthquake during elections

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

FILE: PNP National Headquarters participated in the 1st Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on April 21, 2016. Response and Rescue operations were also done during the activity. (Photo: PNP FB Page)

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has laid out a contingency plan in case of an earthquake or any emergency during the election day on May 13.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is tasked to make sure that no voters will be left inside the polling precinct in case of an earthquake; while the Board of Election Inspectors are tasked to secure the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) and ballots inside it.

“Ultimately the most important consideration here is the safety of the voting public. And we want to make sure that if there are voting precincts operating in those areas, that they should be safe and that they have not been damaged either by the primary quake or the aftershocks,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

He added, “If the VCMs cannot be taken out or the VCMs cannot be protected, then the school is locked down.”

The police is also under the instruction to secure the polling place.

READ: Earthquake and other calamities might cause failure of elections—Comelec

For emergency cases like earthquakes and other calamities, Comelec will have to declare a failure of elections. However, this will depend on the severity of its effect in the country.

Meanwhile, Comelec has warned the public not to easily believe posts online such as the viral video that showed pre-shaded ballots.

Jimenez clarified that these ballots are fake, and he refuted the claim of the video uploader that the VCM will read votes detected by UV light.

“Iyong idea na mababasa ng makina iyong UV mark doon sa bilog sa tabi ng pangalan is wrong. Iyong ating scanner ay nagbabasa ng visible marks. Kailangan niyang makita iyong marka. Ang UV mark ay invisible. The fact that some names were supposedly had pre- shaded, pre- shading. Obviously political agenda ang nasa ilalim nito, (The idea that the machine will read UV marks in the circle is wrong. Our scanner reads visible marks. It needs to see the mark. UV marks are invisible. Obviously there is a political agenda under it),” he said.(with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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