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Earthquake in Southern Leyte can cause tsunami

News quickly spread in Eastern Visayas about another calamity that could happen in the region should there be earthquakes with Magnitude of 7.0 or more.
The Office of Civil Defense in Eastern Visayas urges the public to be ready when the Philippine Trench or fault line here moves.
There are five towns in Southern Leyte that sit on the fault line. These are Sogod, Libagon, St. Bernard, Liloan and San Ricardo. Aside from these places, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) says that other areas in the region which are located along the Philippine Fault Line are: those near Ormoc City, Kananga, Albuera, Burauen, Mahaplag, Javier, Capoocan, MacArthur, La Paz, Abuyog in Leyte; Taft, San Julian, Borongan City, Balangiga and Lawaan in Eastern Samar; Marabut, Basey, Pinabacdao, Hibangan in Samar; and Allen, Victoria and San Isidro in Northern Samar.
Based on PHILVOCS study, Director Lord Byron Torrecarion of the Office of Civil Defense said that if the speed of movement of the fault line reaches Magnitude 7.0, it is possible to bring Tsunami in areas near the Pacific Ocean in Eastern Visayas. And if the movement of the Philippine Trench is from Northern Samar and the earthquake magnitude is 7.9, the height of the tsunami may reach nine meters, or the height of a three-story building.
If the same intensity magnitude level occurs in Leyte, the height of the tsunami may reach 4-5 meters. And if the earthquake happens in Dinagat and Samar, estimated height of the tsunami will reach 4-7 meters in Leyte and in Northern Samar about 8-9 meters high.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Civil Defense continues to provide trainings to the Local Government Units and encourages them to continue upgrading their equipment that can be used during calamities.
According to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) head Danilo Atienza said that they are conducting regular earthquake awareness drills and that rescue vehicle equipment are also updated.

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