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Earthquakes in the Philippines: Important things to know

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Did you know that there are more than 2,000 earthquakes that occur in the Philippines every year?

This year alone, there are already 2,226 recorded earthquakes from October 29 to November 08.

One of the most recent destructive earthquakes with a strength of 6.6 magnitude was experienced in Cotabato and some parts of Mindanao last October 29.

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Another 6.5 earthquake was experienced on October 31 destroying infrastructures, killing eight people, and injuring more than 400.

The location of the Philippines has a big impact on the occurrence of natural calamities like earthquakes and typhoons.

The archipelago is within the Pacific Ring of Fire, a large region where many of the Earth’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

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An earthquake can be caused by a sudden movement of rocks underneath the earth’s surface or by rising lava or magma beneath active volcanoes, thus explaining the phenomenon of earthquakes before volcanic eruptions.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) shared some basic things to remember before, during, and after an earthquake.

It is important to know the earthquake hazards in your area.

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It is also important to know and familiarize yourself with exit routes and places where fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and communication facilities are located.

During an earthquake, it is advisable to remain calm.

In cases when someone is inside the building or home, always remember to do the “Duck, Cover and Hold.”

When outside, always look for an open area away from trees, powerlines, and concrete structures.

After an earthquake, aftershocks may occur.

Always remember to never PANIC.

Check yourself for possible injuries, for spilled toxic, chemical materials, and water and electrical lines that may have been damaged.

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Jose Aaron C. Abinosa
Jose Aaron C. Abinosa
Jose Aaron Abinosa graduated with a degree in Communication at the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod. His love for food and the media led him to create an online food channel called “Espresso”. He is also a dancer, singer, graphic designer, and a former theatre play director.
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