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Marikina fault line capable of 7.2 magnitude quake

March 16, 2011
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Schoolchildren in Manila participate in an earthquake drill

THE Marikina West Valley fault line, one of the active faults in the country, can cause a 7.2 magnitude earthquake at its full movement, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum said on Tuesday.

Solidum clarified, however, that such magnitude of the fault’s tremor occurs only when it reaches its full capacity.

“It may also cause a tremor at the magnitude of just four or five,” he said at The Forum of the Catholic Media Network (CMN) and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News at the Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila Tuesday morning.

At the same time, Solidum allayed fears that a tsunami of the same magnitude as the one that occurred in Japan would happen in the country because the earthquake’s magnitude here is not as much as the Japanese earthquake that was already certified by international seismologists as having reached magnitude 9.

He said that “our top concern now is on how much we are prepared. Everyone must do what he has to do to be ready for any earthquake phenomenon, like conducting earthquake drill in schools, malls, churches and other establishments.”

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  • len

    I'm from San Mateo Rizal, boundary of Marikina and San Mateo Rizal. Can Phivolcs specify the place where exactly the location of Marikina fault line?

  • Gmuy

    im from montalban rizal. is eastwood residences belong to west valley fault?

  • John Sen

    will it reach albay?

  • Conradoiii p.cementina

    im in project 8 st joseph village we also near the creek we are not seft in this place

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