37,000 people will be killed if the earthquake in Visayas occurs in Metro Manila, experts say
Damage to property may also reach trillions of pesos.
Helen Flores of The Philippine Star reports that experts estimate that more than 37,000 people would be killed if a magnitude 7.2 earthquake (similar to what hit Central Visayas on October 15) occurred in Metro Manila.
According to the report, a study dubbed as the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) Risk Analysis Project (RAP) "showed that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake along the West Valley Fault could kill 37, 054 persons and cause P2.4 trillion in damages." It is also seen to cause severe injuries to as much as 16,000 people.
Researchers included the towns of Rodriguez, Angono, Cainta, and Taytay and the city of Antipolo in Rizal as being among the areas near Metro Manila that will suffer the greatest damage should a strong earthquake occur. The study was released on Thursday, October 17 in the aftermath of the powerful quake that rocked the provinces of Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor earlier this week.
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