Monday, August 3, 2015

Strong structures, high level of public awareness vs calamities key to safety -- Phivolcs official
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillio

LEGAZPI CITY, July 30 (PNA) -- Drop, cover and hold! This is what an individual should do if an earthquake strikes an area, Dr. Ed Laguerta, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Bicol resident volcanologist, advised the public in connection with the Metro Shake Drill being done in Metro Manila through a series of earthquake or multi-hazard drills.

These are also being done in Albay in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month.

Laguerta said these moves should be the first to be done by a person in the belief that the building he or she is in is strong and can withstand a strong earthquake in the magnitue of 8.1.

"Drop, cover and hold before going to a designated evacuation center in the area," he reiterated.

The veteran volcanologist said there should be a head or incident commander in every household, office or community in times of calamity, especially earthquake.

A head count before and after an earthquake is important to find out if somebody is left inside the building so that he or she can be rescued.

Laguerta said that aside from the simulation drills being done, it is important that that the buildings are strong and in a safe area.

Building makers, he said, should follow the standards provided for in the Building Code in constructing a building.

The Phivolcs official said the foundation of the building to be constructed should depend on the type of soil in the area where it will stand.

He said if the soil is liquifiable, landslide prone, swamp area or there is lime stone in the area, this should be identified by building or construction officials.

Laguerta said that before the building construction, the location should be fully studied as the foundation of the structure will depend on the soil of the area. (PNA) CTB/FGS/NIM/CBD/ebp