Postscripts From The Earthquake Drill

Last July 30, the entire Metro Manila participated in a simultaneous activity called the Metro Manila Shake Drill, an earthquake drill organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in coordination with various risk reduction and rescue teams. The aim of this activity was to promote awareness on the possibility of a deadly earthquake with the presence of the West Valley Fault in the eastern part of the metropolis as well to educate the people on what to do if and when this earthquake strikes.

drill at the area of SM Megamall (courtesy of the Inquirer)

(courtesy of AP Photo/Sun Star)

students doing the techniques in case of an earthquake during the drill (courtesy of Metro Manila Today)

Many establishments, groups, as well as the general public,  participated in this activity as they practiced the techniques on what to do when an earthquake hits and witnessed the various simulations like accidents and injuries that would arise from an earthquake, to give an idea on what to do when these incidents occur.  Continue reading


The Metropolis and Natural Disasters

A few days ago, a story was published by the Philippine Star about a study by a Swiss insurance firm which stated that Manila was the 2nd most at-risk metropolis from natural disasters.

With such a story, one has to get more information, preferably straight from the source. Fortunately, Swiss Re, the firm that commissioned or has done the study, has a copy of this study online, which you  can check here. One thing to note though is that this study has been published way back in September 2013. So how it managed  to fly under the radar of local journalists until a few days ago is a puzzle to say the least. (which is all I’m going to say before it gets out of hand)

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