Metro Manila, nearby provinces brace for ‘Big One’ with shake drill

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Preparing in case a massive earthquake strikes, Metro Manila and nearby provinces conduct a shake drill.

The Philippines, a disaster-prone country, is expecting a strong earthquake anytime in the next 50 years and it wants to make sure it is ready.

At 9am on Wednesday, alarms sounded off at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the ceremonial venue, signaling the 7.2 magnitude earthquake simulation.

The earthquake drill was also held simultaneously in nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna.

The movement of the West Valley Fault that could generate the massive earthquake runs through parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has said that based on historical data, the Philippines is expecting a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake anytime within the next 50 years and could potentially kill 34,000 people.

Scenarios such as collapsed structures, fire, stampede and looting were simulated to test how rescue teams will respond.

The metro-wide drill took place simultaneously with the nationwide earthquake drill.