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PHIVOLCS Asked Netizens to AVOID Spreading the ‘BIG ONE’ Predictions

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) requested public/netizens to avoid sharing the “Big One” that hit Metro Manila and neighboring areas in between February 24 to March 8, 2017.

PHIVOLCS clarifies on Friday after rumors spread on social networking sites that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake will hit Metro Manila.

According to PHIVOLCS, We cannot predict when or where an earthquake will happen. There is no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time and location of large earthquakes. What we do is prepare earthquake scenarios of hazards and impacts to be used as guide for mitigation, preparedness and response.

As PHIVOLCS reminded residents of Metro Manila and nearby areas to prepare, after earthquakes hit Surigao City and Davao City in the past two weeks?

An estimated that 31,000 to 34,000 people could die in Metro Manila alone due to substandard, non-engineered infrastructure should the “Big One” hit, according PHIVOLCS chief Renato Solidum on Saturday.

Please avoid sharing these messages because your friends and relatives will think that you believe these messages are true and they will take your word for it, PHIVOLCS stated.

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