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Philvocs director Renato Solidum warned the general public to remain vigilant for the “Big One” following the swarm of earthquakes to hit Batangas over the past week, but cautioned the public against using social media to spread unfounded rumors that were causing panic and confusion.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) started recording minor tremors and movements in a new, unnamed fault-line – different from the West Valley Fault that runs through most of Metro Manila - that formed in the Mabini peninsula. Activity was first recorded Tuesday, April 4, with a 5.5 magnitude Earthquake centered on Tingloy Island. 129 aftershocks were recorded following Tuesday night’s Earthquake, leading up to Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude and 6.0 magnitude Earthquakes. Saturday’s quakes were felt at Intensity 7 in Mabini Town. Philvocs classifies intensity 7 Earthquakes as destructive.
However Director Solidum said that an “Earthquake Swarm” of diminishing intensity was normal for a gradually moving fault line and was nothing to be alarmed about.
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Director Solidum then went on to appeal to the general public to stop spreading rumors via text or social media about an intensity 8 Earthquake that was supposedly going to hit Luzon following the movement of the Mabini fault. He said that while the Philippine West Valley Fault was ripe for movement, there is no existing technology that can predict when, where and at what intensity an Earthquake will occur.
“In case of another felt earthquake, do the duck/drop, cover and hold and move to a safe area after the shaking,” the Director said in a statement.