Philvolcs, QC study says locations close to West Valley Fault are "unliveable"; UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University among areas tagged a

The Philippine News Agency, via Interaksyon.com, reports that a study done by the Quezon City government and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) confirms that the West Valley Fault line-running 7.2 kilometers from Parañaque through Makati, Taguig, Marikina, to San Mateo along the periphery of Quezon City-remains active.

The Philippine News Agency, via Interaksyon.com, reports that a study done by the Quezon City government and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) confirms that the West Valley Fault line-running 7.2 kilometers from Parañaque through Makati, Taguig, Marikina, to San Mateo along the periphery of Quezon City-remains active. The Philippine News Agency quoted Elmo San Diego, action officer of the QC disaster risk reduction management council,  who said, "The safety of our residents, particularly those living on top of the fault line, is non-negotiable. The fault line is unlivable."

 

The Philippine News Agency report noted: "The fault line cuts across major cities in Metro Manila, and has in its path scores of large subdivisions and schools. Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines in Diliman are both situated near or atop the fault line which has not moved in 200 years, but which Phivolcs had warned in 2011 may therefore be ’ripe for movement.’"

 

The report added: "Batasan Hills [is] in the northern stretch of the fault. To the south, subdivisions such as Green Meadows, Valle Verde, and McKinley Hills all sit atop the fault. Ayala Heights in Quezon City is similarly situated." Moreover the study also pointed out Barangay Bagong Silangan and Payatas, which are both situated in Novaliches, likewise show "a high susceptibility to earthquakes."

 

For more on this story, read the Philippine News Agency article posted on Interaksyon.com.

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