Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bohol owes its scenic sights 
to seismic events-PHIVOLCS 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 5, (PIA)-- Bohol is a very beautiful tourist paradise with a wide range of land forms and beaches, but, according to the country's chief geologist, natural disasters like earthquakes and storms make Bohol what it is. 

Proof of that, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) have been monitoring at least two earthquake generating faults in the island: the North Bohol Fault and the East Bohol Fault which is sometimes referred to as the Tayong Fault. 

North Bohol Fault caused the October 15, 2013 7.2 magnitude earthquake while in 1990, PHIVOLCS discovered another reverse fault located offshore southeast of Bohol, which was largely credited for the February 8, 1990 earthquake that shook the Jagna. 

PHIVOLCS also hinted that apart from local earthquake generators in the island, active faults in nearby Negros, Cebu and Leyte can still shake Bohol. 

To prepare for this, and seeing the importance of response for any eventuality, PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum said their goal with the training and the new seismic monitoring stations technology is to allow Boholanos to live safely amidst these natural hazards. 

At the press conference announcing the Teachers Training on communicating Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards April 4, Director Solidum hinted that Bohol's location within the country's seismically active region has to be paired with the preparing the communities for any eventuality. 

Solidum, who heads the PHIVOLCS went on to say that Bohol now has new earthquake monitoring stations strategically located in Garcia Hernandez and Talibon, which would supplement Tagbilaran.

We need to be able to triangulate the location of any movement and then come up with a rough picture of what will happen using a simulation called Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment Software, sources at the PHIVOLCS explained. 

The teacher's training to communicate is the government's latest initiative to get the lessons integrated in the curriculum and simplifying the technical data so each child would grow into learning what to do and where to go, disaster responders added. 

With the above data, Solidum also hinted that knowing the possibility of earth movement due to the seismic activities in the island, people must start picking up the appropriate technology. 

He cited building standards for example. When the country puts up 6 inches concrete hollow block standards, there are still constructions using the 4 inches CHBs. 

The use of under sized iron rebars spaced too sparsely can also cause buildings to easily collapse, he said. 

"We were not taught in the schools about these standards," Solidum pointed out. 

The introduction of Communications on Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanic Hazards hope to attain that basic understanding for pupils who can also be crucial communicators in the future, PHIVOLCS said. (rac/PIA7/BOhol)

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