PHIVOLCS WARNS OF DAVAO ‘KILLER QUAKE’

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2 NEW FAULTS IN DAVAO CITY

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

At the backdrop of the Magnitude 8.3 killer earthquake that devastated the Davao Region in 1924, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it has discovered two new active faults in Davao City.

The April 15, 1924 quake that hit the Davao Region including Davao City killed at least 500 people and is recorded as among the strongest in the Philippines.

Historically, strong earthquakes recur after a hundred years. This raises the specter of a quake with the power of the 1924 temblor shocking the Davao Region anytime.

Earthquakes can happen anytime so it is best for everybody to be prepared all the time, said Janila Deocampo, science research specialist of Phivolcs in the Davao Region.

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The shaker that hit the Davao Region nearly 100 years ago could cause much heavier damage in Davao City of today.

Davao was an outback sparsely populated region when visited by the killer quake. in 1924.

Today, Davao City is home to a teeming population of more than 1.5 million, with its skyline blotted by skyscrapers.

A quake with the magnitude of the 1924 temblor visiting Davao City could be more tragic than the April 25 Magnitude 7.8 quake in Nepal that killed more than 7,500 people and injured nearly 15,000.

PHILIPPINE FAULT ZONE
PHILIPPINE FAULT ZONES
Deocampo earlier said that a Magnitude 8.3 earthquake is possible in Davao Region.

Deocampo said the two new active faults in Davao City were discovered by geologists as Philvolcs updated its 10-year old fault map.

She said Phivolcs is conducting further studies to establish the actual location of the two new faults.

We will make official statements on the faults after the studies, she said.

In wake of the discovery, Deocampo advised the public to be prepared at any time for an earthquake.

The Philippine Fault is a very active fault, so it’s best to be prepared all the time. We cannot predict earthquakes, Deocampo said.

The Philippine Fault Zone disects the country from Luzon to Southern Mindanao with its tailend located in Mati, Davao Oriental.

The epicenter of the 1924 quake in the Davao Region was placed in Mati.

The Philippine Fault Zone is in the path of the Ring of Fire, a 40,000-km horseshoe-shaped continuous area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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7 thoughts on “PHIVOLCS WARNS OF DAVAO ‘KILLER QUAKE’

  1. Please supply reliable sources/links as to the PHILVOCS’ statements. Hoax or not, there’s no other article in the world wide web about a predicted earthquake in Davao nor a warning from PHIVOCS.

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  2. Nonsense article. Making predictions and then at the later part — “We cannot predict earthquakes, Deocampo said.” Tragedies and death can happen anytime. So stop making such nonsense article that could instill fear to ordinary citizens. Be responsible with your articles

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  3. Your Article ROGER M. BALANZA is pointless. You just reviewed your geography and history and sensationalized it. We all know the Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean, and Philippines is one of those countries. Thats an old fact. You made an article without credible coordinates of the new faultline and just showed an old map that is not even verified. It showed it cut across Mati, Davao Oriental but you are showing pictures of Davao City, buildings, how inaccurate! You are making innocent people to worry with an upcoming earthquake without credible active signs. Its jist pointless sensationalism, therefore this website its internet TABLOID, no credibility.

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  4. Thanks to this non- referenced tabloid crap article, I experienced a major, needing medication, panic attack- I also have bipolar depression- this pure tabloid piece of rubbish article serves only to create fear and panic in individuals- Yes, the Philippines is on the so called ‘ring of fire. Yes, quakes are rather frequent. Yes, spreading fear borders on emotional abuse being inflicted on the population. Bugger off with your shite until you can produce credible information-

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