By: Elena Grace Flores
Once the anticipated “Big One” strucks Metro Manila, the first 45-second long siren will signal the start of responses after a magnitude 7.2 quake caused by the movement of the West Valley Fault interceps daily activities – as shown during the recent drill.
As traffic was halted, work stopped, and people were instructed to duck, cover, and hold – selected buildings were evacuated. Firemen and rescue teams were seen taking out supposed to be fatality from a burning car. Police arrested people acting as looters in Marikina. This is in response to the 2014 joint report by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and Geoscience Australia disclosing that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the West Valley Fault could cause 5,911 buildings and fatalities of about 37,054 Filipinos from greater Metro Manila area, that will not spare parts of Rizal.
Chairperson Emerson Carlos said the drill was under the direction of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or NDRRMC as reported by CNN Philippines.
The report continued; He said Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna were included in the drill because the West Valley Fault traverses these provinces, too. For this year’s drill, the NDDRMC utilized Camp Aguinaldo — the armed forces headquarters in Quezon City — as its command center. NCR concentrated on the four quadrants classified as follows:
North: North and South Caloocan, Valenzuela, Quezon City, San Juan, and Mandaluyong
South: Makati, Pateros, Pasay, Taguig, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa
East: Marikina and Pasig
West: Manila, Navotas, and Malabon
The North Quadrant practiced evacuation and first aid operations at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center.