Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines, 4 April 2016
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) held a press conference, PHIVOLCS InfoSentro, and gave an update regarding the new earthquake monitoring stations located in Bohol and nearby areas, and what has been done by PHIVOLCS after the 2013 Bohol Earthquake at the Governor’s Mansion on April 4, 2016.
New broadband seismic stations are installed in Talibon and Garcia Hernandez, Bohol from the period March 28 – April 08, 2016. In addition, a new broadband seismic station was installed in Lazi, Siquijor last February 24, 2016. Three more broadband seismic stations will also be installed in Medellin, San Francisco (Camotes Island), and Dalaguete in Cebu. PHIVOLCS aims to expand the Philippine Seismic Network by establishing additional earthquake monitoring stations located strategically all over the country. The recently established stations are located in and around the Bohol Province. These stations will significantly benefit the province thru increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in Bohol. These parameters are important inputs for detailed delineation of earthquake hazards that could possibly affect the province which then be used for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response plans of the province. These plans are very important tool for decisions made by authorities in the information provided to the public. This will help us to respond properly when an earthquake occurs.
Moreover, PHIVOLCS will be conducting a three-day “Teachers’ Training on Communicating Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards” for the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Tagbilaran City on April 5-7, 2016 at the Arabelle Suites in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
The three-day training aims to prime selected high school teachers in seven (7) schools of Tagbilaran City Division on basic information about the science of volcano, earthquake, tsunami and their hazards, and how to communicate these information to prepare their students.
This program of PHIVOLCS intends to capacitate teachers to help school children learn how to prepare, respond, and protect oneself during earthquake and tsunami since children are vulnerable to the dangers brought by these occurrences.
The island of Bohol experienced a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. The earthquake was generated by the reverse fault movement of North Bohol Fault and had caused damages in different municipalities. PHIVOLCS had been conducting, multi-hazard mapping and re-assessment and validation of previous hazard maps in Bohol. Updated hazard maps for earthquake-induced landslide, earthshaking, ground rupture, liquefaction, and tsunami are now available.
For information about the event, please contact:
Renato U. Solidum, Jr (02) 926 2611
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)-Department of Science and Technology (DOST)