• Strong structures, public awareness key to safety – Phivolcs exec

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    LEGAZPI CITY: Drop, cover and hold! 

    This is what an individual should do if an earthquake strikes an area, according to Dr. Ed Laguerta, Bicol resident volcanologist. 
    Laguerta said people should follow these moves if the building they are in can withstand a magnitude 8.1 quake
    “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 an earthquake.
    A head count before and after a temblor should be done to find out if somebody is left inside the building so that he or she can be rescued.
    Laguerta said buildings should be strong to withstand a powerful quake. Builders, he said, should follow the standards provided for in the Building Code.
    The Phivolcs official added that the foundation of the building should depend on the type of soil.
    Builders should determine if the soil is liquifiable, landslide prone, swampy or has lime stone. PNA

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