Thursday, August 13, 2015

Phivolcs says 4:19 shake
still Oct 2013 aftershock

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 11 (PIA) --The tremor that awakened the fears of most Boholanos when it came 4:19 is not another earthquake but is still considered an aftershock of the October 15, 2013 quake. 

Bohol Philippine Institute of Vulcanology and Seismology (PHiVOLCS) Ubujan station chief Engr. Nolan Evangelista clarified that unless the tremor surpassed the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 2013, and occurs within the 2013 earthquake rupture areas, these could only be considered aftershocks.

According to Phivolcs, the 4.2-magnitude earthquake was felt in at least seven towns and Tagbilaran City in Bohol, its epicenter situated about two kilometers northeast of Cortes, the origins trace at six kilometers deep.

Speaking during an interview aired by a local radio station, Engr. Evangelista explained that even when the 4:19 shake did produce smaller shaking as reported by residents of Antequera, Bohol, these were not even felt by the sensitive seismograph his office keeps. 

With the tremor coming back after residents have not heard or felt any substantial shaking since after a few months from the big one in 2013, several have opted to stay outside of their homes despite being too early in the morning. 

The shaking, according to Phivolcs lasted about 2 seconds but several observers noted a far longer shaking, some saying it was about 5-6 seconds. 

Engr. Evangelista however explained that the intensity of the aftershock can he heightened by the condition of the soil where one is located.

On loose and less compact grounds, the shaking would persist longer than the two seconds recorded by seismographs. 

Shaking which would last that long, 5-6 seconds can already be devastating, meaning the ripple effect could produce a much longer movement, the Japan trained Boholano seismologist said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Fires caused P16.34M 
damages in Bohol 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 10 (PIA) –From January to July of 2015, damage to property caused by fire reached P16,342,738, most of them caused by electrical appliances, unattended lighted candles, matchsticks and bonfires, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). 

In its midyear report, the BFP said 2015 saw 34 more fire incidents at 122 compared to the 88 recorded in 2014. 

Most of these fire cases were accidental at 105 cases while the fire department in Bohol saw 2 arson cases in the intentional burning of property. 

Fire investigators however are still digging up for more information and possible motives behind 15 more cases it filed in its active investigations. 

A huge percentage also was caused by grass, rubbish and plantation burning which claimed over half of the fire incidents last year which had 14. This year, 29 of those incidents were recorded in Bohol. 

Most of the incidents hit residential areas claiming 67 over 52 from the same period last year, according to the BFP. 

Reports also bared that main causes of fire were electrical appliances and machineries, lit matchsticks and lighters, bonfires, unattended open flames and cigarettes. 

From 2 incidents in 2014, lighted cigarette butts caused fire increased 200% when 2015 recorded 6 conflagrations. 

In 2014 too, lighted matchsticks and lighter-caused fire incidents caused 11 incidents, which doubled in 2015 with 25 cases. 

Unattended cooking in 2015 caused 2 fires in 2014, which doubled in 2015 with 4 incidents, according to the BFP. 

From January to July, 2015, fires to mercantile surged with 7 cases from one case the previous year while fires in business establishments this year show a good record compared to six cases recorded last year, BFP reports. 

This too as of the 47 towns and a city in Bohol, only 29 towns and city own fire stations, Panglao being the newest town with a full operational fire station manned by the BFP. 

The town recently turned over the station and two firetrucks for the BFP to use, while integrating in the fire force volunteers and brigades associated with the establishment of the municipal government fire response team. 

Another 19 towns in Bohol still need to come up with fire-stations, noting that some of these towns have establishments that are liable to burn with extreme rapidity or from which poisonous gases or explosions are to be expected in the event of fire. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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