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PHIVOLCS delegation attends a series of workshops and symposium in Japan PDF Print
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:29

A 14-people Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) delegation headed by Director Renato U. Solidum Jr. attended two workshops and a symposium on earthquakes and related phenomena from March 12-16 in Japan.

The Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting for JICA-JST (Japan International Cooperation Agency—Japan Science and Technology Agency)-funded project entitled “Enhancement of Earthquake and Volcano Monitoring and Effective Utilization of Disaster Mitigation Information in the Philippines” was held on March 12 at the JICA Research Institute in Ichigaya, Tokyo where PHIVOLCS and Japanese scientists discussed the project’s progress and accomplishment of work as planned in 2010.

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NDRRMC holds nationwide-earthquake drill PDF Print
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 06:05

As a way of re-evaluating government’s response to disasters and assessing its evacuation and response plan, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) conducted the First Quarter Nationwide Earthquake Drill on March 1 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Simultaneously done in government and non-government offices, and selected schools and establishments around the country, the earthquake drill started at 9 am and featured the Sounding of Alarm, Evacuation Process, Response Phase, and the Courtesy Bow.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Delloso, said that “the earthquake drill is a timely activity and is a means to strengthen capability and enhance awareness on how to respond to a relatively strong calamity, particularly earthquake.”

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PRIMER ON THE 6 FEBRUARY 2012 MAGNITUDE 6.9 EARTHQUAKE AT NEGROS ORIENTAL Department of Science and Technology Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) 6 February 2012 PDF Print
Friday, 02 March 2012 02:32

What is happening at Negros Oriental, Cebu and nearby islands?
At 11:49 AM on 6 February 2012, a moderate size earthquake of magnitude 6.9 shook Negros, Cebu and nearby islands.  Aftershocks of lesser magnitude followed a few minutes after the main shock. 23 hours later, 896 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.
The main shock and ensuing aftershocks have epicenters on the eastern coast of Negros Oriental, near the municipality of Tayasan.  It is a shallow earthquake, with focal depth of 10 kilometers. Although there are identified active faults in the island, such as the Central Negros Fault, further investigation needs to be done to determine the fault responsible for this earthquake.
Intensity reports showed that municipalities of Tayasan, Vallehermoso, Guihulngan and Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental) felt the strongest ground shaking at PEIS  VII (destructive ground shaking). Furthermore, the surrounding areas of La Carlota City and La Castellana (Negros Occidental), Tanjay and Manjud (Negros Oriental), Argao, Dalaguete, Barili, Cebu City (Cebu) and Clarin (Bohol) felt the ground shaking at PEIS VI (very strong ground shaking).  There were reports of felt intensities as far as 200 kilometers away from the epicentral area.  The strong ground shaking, especially in the epicentral area, caused damage to or collapse of weak structures, liquefaction in low-lying soft grounds, and landslide in steep slopes.  There were also reported sea disturbance in some coastal areas.
Moderate-magnitude  earthquakes have also affected Negros Island in the past!
On 5 May 1925, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred at Southern Negros.  The towns of Bais, Tanjay, Tolong and Siaton felt the strongest intensity of ground shaking at PEIS VI to VII.  There were report of damaged buildings in Bais and Siaton, while in Dumaguete, landslides along ridges and fissures along rivers and mangrove areas.

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