Fast Facts about "The Big One": 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake

7.2 magnitude earthquake facts

We’ve seen a lot of big earthquakes in the news, the recent one in Batangas and Manila. With the volume of the population in Metro Manila of 12.8 Million, can you imagine its effects and consequences to your family and what damages it can do to your car and house? It can get really massive.

How will it happen? Here are facts and estimated figures about the so-called “The Big One” which has been talked about for some time as the most destructive earthquake that will hit Manila.

 “The Big One” will pass through Metro Manila’s dense population

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According to PhiVolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology), the Valley Fault System showed that the big quake will pass through the dense Metro Manila area and can shake the neighboring provinces. PhiVolcs also said that NCR will face isolation from nearby provinces because of collapsed roads and buildings. The fault systems from north to south and east to west will get the greatest threat.

Collapsed buildings in Makati and Mandaluyong cities may separate northern and southern parts of the Metro, while broken road networks will isolate the west and the east. Just like what happened in 1990 at Baguio.

The quake is inevitable and will happen in our lifetime

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According to Jerry Velasquez of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the potential quake is not a prediction over a specified time but for sure, it will happen. No one knows when. According to some reports, it’s even described as ‘long overdue’. The valley fault system moved four times in the last 1,400 years – on the estimate every 400 years and the last time was about 356 years ago in 1658.

We must prepare for it

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The government shall prepare for major risk reduction measures. Given this big disaster, the rest of the country needs to prepare quickly with skilled responders and logistics particularly in terms of search and rescue.

Earthquake Disaster Preparedness by MMDA

At the moment, the government must prepare the resistance of all pending constructions to earthquakes and strengthen the existing ones. Earthquake and tsunami drills must be conducted in all cities. The potential quake is foreseen to destroy bridges, buildings, roads, houses, cars and much more, possible deaths to 37,000 people and may hurt as many as 110,000 individuals. All we need to do is to plan and get ready.

All we can do generally is to prepare ourselves. What would you do if “The Big One” happens today? It’s best to protect your assets such as your car and house with insurance so you’ll be financially secure in case “The Big One” comes.

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