Interactive Survey: Is Your House Safe When the ‘Big One’ Strikes?
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), via The Philippine Star, has recently revived its “Big One” warning to the public that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake could be unleashed by the West Valley Fault anytime now, following the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao last February 10.
How are you preparing for the “Big One”? especially if you live in Bulacan, Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Laguna (San Pedro, Binan, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, and Calamba) and Cavite (Carmona, General Mariano Alvarez, and Silang), where the West Valley Fault is believed to be passing through.
By filling in the survey HERE, based on Phivolcs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) 12-point self-check for earthquake safety, you can assess the earthquake readiness of your one to two-story Concrete Hollow Block (CHB) house.
The survey’s initial result will verify whether your house was properly built and have followed the appropriate construction procedures and standards or will your house require further strengthening. The higher the score (one is lowest, 12, highest), the more earthquake-ready is your house.