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Earthquake preparedness?

MANY years passing, I recall a television interview with the late Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) Director Raymundo Punongbayan on PTV-4. One question was on the Marikina Valley Fault Line (MVFL) and where this traversed. Presenting a miniscule cartography pointing the direction of the fault before the cameras required a follow-up. I asked, “What specific areas is the MVFL located, so the public may know?”. Punongbayan in his spectacles and bashful smile retorted, “Huwag na lang, at baka magalit ang mga land developers sa akin. Tingnan niyo na lang ang aming website”.

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake shook Surigao del Sur town Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

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Preparedness saved many lives when Mount Pinatubo erupted 25 years ago, volcanologists said, as the nation remembered that day in 1991 when the volcano ended over 400 years of slumber to explode in one of the cataclysmic eruptions of the 20th century.

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A week after it showed visual signs of unrest, Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon generated another steam-driven explosion yesterday afternoon.

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isang magnitude 4.1 na lindol ang yumanig sa Surigao del Sur noong Biyernes, ayon sa Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

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Mount Kanlaon erupts

A report from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the phreatic eruption, the result of ground water coming into contact with magma, occurred at around 9:19 a.m. and was ongoing as of 9:46 a.m.

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