Phivolcs denies earthquake warning in Northern Luzon

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Philippine Institute of Vol-canology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Tuesday denied warning residents of an impending Intensity 8 earthquake in Northern Luzon.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum made the clarification after learning about the warning from a news article in a national daily circulating in the social media.

He said that warning of an impending strong earthquake will hit the provinces in Northern Luzon which may also generate tsunami.

But Solidum said that Philvolcs did not issue such warning especially an earthquake that will trigger a tsunami.


“There is no reliable technology in the world that could confidently and accurately provide the magnitude, location and time of significant earthquake in advance,” he said in a statement.

Phivolcs officials explained that with the state of earthquake prediction, “we can only provide worst-case earthquake scenarios.”

“We can only describe the maximum level of earthquake hazards in advance which may be used in the preparedness and mitigation plans but not the magnitude,” officials said.

Solidum said they will see to it that the institute will continue to perform its vital role of monitoring and reporting the occurrence of significant earthquakes in the country.

“[We] will assess the different hazards and its potential impacts and conduct research to improve our understanding of earthquakes and tsunami events,” he said.

In a recently held Climate Change Roadshow here, Solidum encouraged local governments to establish preparedness plans for any worst-case scenario.

“Local leaders should determine how they would cushion the impact of any earthquake scenario and its effects in their communities,” he said.

Solidum said local leaders also need to teach their constituents to save themselves during earthquakes, tsunami or landslides.

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