By Noreen Jazul
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum said the recent earthquakes in Mindanao should serve as “wakeup call” for local government units to start taking earthquake drills seriously.
“Isang wakeup call siguro ito sa mga LGUs na talagang di pinapansin yung mga earthquake drill,” Solidum told DZMM in an interview.
“Maliban po sa island ng Palawan, iyong main island ng Palawan na malayo sa earthquake generator, lahat po ng lugar sa Pilipinas ay malapit sa earthquake generator or fault, not necessarily on top,” he noted.
Solidum said LGUs should be able to participate in at least one of the several drills conducted by Phivolcs yearly to prepare them for strong earthquakes.
“Dapat seryosohin ng mga LGU [ang earthquake drills], at di lang ng LGU kasi nakasalalay iyan sa pag sunod ng mga homeowners, dapat sumali din sila,” Solidum said.
Mindanao was recently struck by two consecutive powerful earthquakes — a magnitude 6.3 tremor in North Cotabato on Wednesday, and a 5.3-quake in Davao Oriental on Thursday.
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