Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is your home on top of a faultline?

The Philippine Institute of Volcanoly and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently issued an updated and high-resolution "atlas" of the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault, two major faultlines that run through sections of Metro Manila.

Metro Manila may be due for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake within this lifetime, say experts from the institute, among them PHIVOLCS director Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr.

According to records, the last major earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault took place 357 years ago, in 1658. With a 400-year "cycle" -- meaning that it moves every 400 years -- the West Valley Fault may once again cause a devastating earthquake within the following decades.

Up to 57 residential subdivisions are affected by the fault line, according to the maps. See a list of this subdivisions on Rappler.

The new atlas is a must-see for every private citizen. Homeowners are advised to check whether their property is at risk of the faultline. According to PHIVOLCS, however, homeowners need not move out unless their property is directly above or within five meters of the faultline.

For the real estate industry, the atlas is an invaluable resource, one that homebuyers, investors, and developers must consult before buying, investing, or building property. Safety is a top concern in any home, development, or location. As such, it is imperative to know the property's proximity to faultlines and whether it was constructed to withstand a major earthquake. Developers, in particular, must build responsibly, in safe locations and follow the building codes in that particular area.

The atlas may be accessed for free on the PHIVOLCS website; Simply fill out the form here.


To see the full list of subdivisions, visit this link: 
http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/93862-subdivisions-villages-west-valley-fault

To visit PHIVOLCS' website, visit this link:
 http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=500043




This articles was last edited today, May 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm.


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