23 Feb PHIVOLCS Warns Earthquake Possibilities, Urge CDO Gov’t to Prepare
In a report from Sun.Star, an earthquake could hit in Cagayan de Oro any time, that is as strong as what had hit Surigao City last February 10. This was according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)-Northern Mindanao Regional Director Marcial Labininay who suggested that the Office of the Building Official (OBO) should start inspecting whether all commercial buildings, as well as residential, can endure an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude.
The following are the four active faults in Northern Mindanao:
- Tagoloan River Fault
- Cabanglasan Fault in Balingasag town
- the fault line in Alubijid town
- Central Mindanao Fault
Considered the most active and longest fault line among the faults mentioned is the Central Mindanao fault which stretches from Malaybalay City in Bukidnon to Gingoog City.
Not to scare people, however, Labininay explained that this warning serves to spread awareness to encourage the local government units to collaborate with their agency and for the public to be informed what should be done.
Labininay said that way back in 2002, Bukidnon was hit by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in the region’s history, adding that the longest duration of earthquake which lasted for 48 seconds was recorded in Luzon. To mention, Japan holds the world record with the longest duration of earthquake which lasted for 3-5 minutes.