EDITORIAL| Duck, cover and hold

ARE WE ready for the much talked about “big one”? The possibility of a great earthquake that will isolate Luzon from the rest of the islands has been in the minds of people despite efforts done by Phivolcs to quell the rumor. Sitting as we are in the Pacific Ring of Fire, we are all aware that the country is vulnerable to quakes almost every day.

The national geographic describes the Ring of Fire as a “string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity, or earthquakes, around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. Roughly 90% of all earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and the ring is dotted with 75% of all active volcanoes on Earth.”

For those who would like to know more about the quakes, one can look at the Earthquake Track which can be accessed through its website has information on the recent quakes and contains information since 1900. It has monitored that as of last night, there were three quakes in the past seven days; 10 in the past 30 days and 201 in the past 365 days.

Be that as it may, we need to be prepared at all times for disasters, seeing that with the changing climate, natural disasters have become more frequent and intense. The Office of Civil Defense has announced a simulation earthquake exercise at the University of Mindanao at 2 p.m. today.

Leoncio Cirunay, director of OCD XI, urge the public in the vicinity that if they hear a siren, all vehicles should stop and people in the streets should duck, cover and hold. He said the “scenario is a very strong quake at 7.1 (magnitude) that will hit Davao Region and we will execute what’s supposed to be done.”

Vic Tomazo, consultant of the incident command center, said the simulation drill is important so rescue agencies can assess their capabilities to respond to a strong quake such as the one in Baguio City in 1990.

Those who will be in the area tomorrow should not wonder if there will be traffic along Bolton St. and will not panic if they see men in uniform and the rescue agencies milling around. We need this drill and should take part for our own security should a great quake happen.

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