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Orientation Seminar on Basic Seismology and Seismological Hazards

posted Jul 4, 2011, 10:53 PM by Barangay Tortugas   [ updated Jul 6, 2011, 9:19 PM ]

Earthquakes recently happened in Japan and in New Zealand. It happened in Sri Lanka and Thailand and here in the Philippines to name some. We are aware of what is happening nationwide and worldwide. Calamity strikes one after another. The likes of tsunamis and flooding so intense leave victims dead, injured, homeless and for some without the community they have lived all their life, hopeless and heartbroken. Global warming is so notable. Earth’s temperature is changing drastically which causes heavy rains and strong winds even during dry seasons. We need to be ready.  Safety steps along with Standard Operating Procedures should be in placed to prepare us for such disasters.

 We are fortunate to be among the 25 Barangays comprising The City of Balanga receiving various citywide awareness programs of our dear Hon. Mayor Jose Enrique S. Garcia is very keen to impart to his constituents. Different city agencies are working overtime to arm each Barangay should a calamity presents itself. True to this, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office headed by Chief Engineer Dennis B. Mariano together with Engineer Melchor p. lasala, an instructor and PHILVOCS expert, gave an orientation seminar on Basic Seismology and Seismological Hazards. This was held at Bulwagan II, Capitol Compound last June 15, 2011. Around Three hundred members of each Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Committee participated.

Important topics discussed were how an earthquake occurs; it's different movements and magnitudes. We learned that Earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and occasionally volcanic activity.

Imparted in the orientation was building structures or houses made from light materials and choosing the locations away from the fault lines. We were also shown ways on the preparations needed BEFORE, DURING and AFTER a calamity minimizing it's disastrous effects.

 We can only say Thank You to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office for a job well done. Our community will benefit a lot on this. Mabuhay tayong lahat!