Phivolcs chief urges building inspection in quake-struck Masbate

March 6, 2012 10:28 am 

MANILA, March 6 — Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum is urging thorough inspection of buildings in Masbate City to help identify which of these are no longer safe for use after a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck near that area Tuesday (March 6).

He raised the urgency for such action, noting the 7:06 a.m. earthquake was felt in Masbate City at intensity 6 which exceeded this tremor's intensities in other areas.

"Authorities there must check for possible damage," he said.

Phivolcs located the earthquake's epicenter at three kilometers north of Masbate City.

Solidum also reported the earthquake was felt at intensity 4 in Capiz province's Roxas City and at intensity 2 in Albay province's Legazpi City.

He reiterated his call for people nationwide to regularly undertake earthquake drills.

Structures must also comply with the National Building Code, he noted.

Both measures are part of earthquake preparedness that Phivolcs continues promoting nationwide.

"We must all prepare for strong earthquakes -these seldom occur but when such happen, many people die," he said.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck offshore Negros Oriental province last month, triggering deadly landslides and destroying several structures there. (PNA)

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