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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Earthquakes disturb Southern Leyteños

Earthquakes chilled residents days after mild tremors have been felt in some parts of the province in January.
Six minor quakes have been reported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) as of this writing.
In recent data, a minor quake was felt in Saint Bernard town last January, with 2.6 magnitudes; Silago town also felt two consecutive days of shakes, a 3.2 magnitude last January 2 and a magnitude 2 on January 3 and a magnitude 2 was also felt in Libagon town last January 5. Last January 8, two mild quakes were felt in two different areas in Southern Leyte, in Maasin with magnitude 2 and Tomas Oppus with magnitude 3.4. The latest was in Anahawan, with magnitude of 2.
Eastern Visayas may encounter a major earthquake according to Director Danilo Atienza Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO). He said this during the PDRRMC 4th quarter Council Meeting at the old DPWH building, last December 19, 2022.
Recently, Director Loyd Byron Torrecarion of the Office of Civil Defense in Eastern Visayas said if the biggest fault line in the region will move, tsunamis in areas near the Pacific Ocean may happen, the said report was based on the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) study.
The fault line is considered by Phivolcs as “The Bigger One” which is bigger than the one in Manila. The said report was made to inform the public to prepare for possible calamities.
Atienza said that the office conducts seminars and workshops about other calamities and simulation exercises for earthquake-like drill exercises and information dissemination to other offices and schools.

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