The city government of Marikina continuously intensifies its disaster preparedness campaign in case of an earthquake hitting the area.
According to the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Marikina is one among the cities in Metro Manila covered by the West Valley Fault System which is already ‘mature’ for movement.
The fault line has a range of 5.8 kilometers in Marikina alone covering Brgy. Industrial Valley Complex, Brgy. Concepcion I, Brgy. Barangka, Brgy. Malanday, and Brgy. Tumana. The entire fault line is approximately 135 kilometers in length passing through some areas of Metro Manila like Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Pateros, Taguig and Muntiunlupa.
According to the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS) of Dr. Jane Punongbayan of Phivolcs, in anticipation of a strong earthquake (estimated 7.2 magnitude) hitting Marikina, it is estimated that the city may have 2,600 deaths and 8,800 injuries.
“We are very much aware that the Valley Fault System will pose great danger to Marikina in case of an earthquake. That’s why the city government ties up with non-government organizations as well as the community in preparing for a possible earthquake attack,” De Guzman said.
The Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Marikina conducts regular earthquake drills on all public and private schools, government establishments, and business establishments in order to create awareness and familiarize the people on the actions that must be done during an earthquake.In addition, in case a strong quake results in collapse of strictures, the city’s Rescue 161 can use a set of equipment intended for searching and rescuing trapped persons in collapsed buildings. Likewise, it will soon use Vibroscope, an instrument thatis used to detect trapped victims 8-12 meters deep in the rubble.
Moreover, the city government also advices each family to prepare safety plans and emergency stock which consists of food, water, transistor radio with extra batteries, whistle, medicines, and other provisions. Having plans and being prepared increases the possibility to survive an earthquake.
“Being prepared is still the best solution as we can’t predict when an earthquake may happen. We are requesting the community to cooperate with the city government especially during earthquake and fire drills,” De Guzman added.
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