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Phivolcs reminds public: Earthquakes cannot be predicted

/ 11:54 AM November 04, 2019
NDRRMC: Oct 31 Mindanao quake not an aftershock of Oct 29 tremor

Eva’s Hotel stands damaged after a strong earthquake in Kidapawan, north Cotabato province, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.  AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reiterated on Monday that it cannot predict the time and place where earthquakes would occur amid rumors of future earthquakes circulating online.

In a Twitter post, Phivolcs shared an old photo about a supposed “warning” from them about an impending earthquake in Metro Manila, which turned out to be fake.  However, they added a new caption on the photo.

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“We cannot predict when or where an earthquake or tsunami will happen,” Phivolcs said in a tweet on Monday.

“What we do is prepare earthquake scenarios of hazards and impacts to be used as a guide for mitigation, preparedness, and response,” they added.

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This reminder came after several portions of Mindanao, including those in Davao and Cotabato, were hit by strong earthquakes and several aftershocks in a span of days.

READ: Quake-weary Mindanao rocked anew; 5 killed

Phivolcs, the country’s primary agency tasked to record and monitor seismic movements, said that the Tulanan quakes were caused by a string of movement by active faults in the area, which dates back to the magnitude 5.6 earthquake last July 9, and the magnitude 6.3 movement last October 16.

READ: Powerful earthquake hammers Cotabato, other parts of Mindanao anew

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This is not the first time that Phivolcs issued a statement after the Mindanao temblors, as last October 31, the agency clarified that it has not issued any tsunami  warning.

READ: Phivolcs: No tsunami warning after magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Cotabato

Several scientific studies, including those from British Broadcasting Channel’s Science Focus website and the Scientific American, have conceded that experts still have not found away to prevent the earth’s crust from moving, saying that earthquakes only stop when they lose energy. /je


Inquirer calls for support for the victims of earthquakes in Mindanao

Responding to appeals for help, the Inquirer is extending its relief to the families affected by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao.

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