SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Three days prior to the second quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (SMED), the readiness of the province was already tested following a magnitude 4.8 quake that shook parts of Antique Monday night.
In a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) head Broderick Train said the epicenter of the earthquake was located in the northern municipality of Valderrama as per information from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
“Antique is susceptible to earthquake because of its proximity to the Mindoro and Negros trenches, which are active,” he said.
Antique also lies along the West Panay fault, which experiences earth movement from time to time, he added.
Train said that so far they have not received reports of any damage from the MDRRMOs of affected municipalities.
There was also no evacuation for families living in landslide-prone areas of Valderrama.
Other than Valderrama, Intensity III was also felt in San Jose and Intensity II in Culasi towns.
Magnitude measures the energy released from the source of the quake while intensity measures the strength of shaking produced by the earthquake at a certain location.
Nonetheless, he said that it is very important for the people to always be ready and know what to do whenever there is an earthquake in their municipalities.
Train then said that despite the pandemic, they are now planning to participate in the NSED set in the morning of June 10.
“We will have a virtual earthquake drill in which we hope the community people could participate,” he said.
He said that it is by participating in the earthquake drill that the people could familiarize themselves on what to do in case there is a hazard. (PNA)