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MMDA takes steps on earthquake preparedness for Metro Manila by Nadine PacisPublished: June 1, 2015Updated: June 1, 2015

Over the course of last week, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced its steps to campaign for better earthquake resilience throughout Metro Manila.

Following the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal, and amidst the growing buzz of a potential quake that can strike the Philippines within this lifetime, government agencies are strengthening their information campaigns to educate more citizens and boost their efforts for earthquake preparedness. 

Over the course of last week, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced its steps to campaign for better earthquake resilience throughout Metro Manila, and most notable of which is the agency’s mobile earthquake simulator .

Open to the public since February 2013, the “Shake, Rattle, and Learn House” made its rounds last week across communities traversed by the West Valley Fault. The earthquake simulator is similar to the one used by the Philippine Institution of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). It resembles a fully furnished bungalow house, and can simulate earthquakes from magnitude 4.0 to 7.0.  The “house” is 3 x 3.6 meters in size and can seat up to 10 people. The simulator will be touring 72 villages to give its citizens a realistic idea of the earthquake dubbed as “the big one.” Along with this, the MMDA will be discussing with barangay officials the necessary plans to help citizens be resilient against stronger earthquakes.

The rest of Metro Manila can join in on MMDA’s efforts as well. While the earthquake simulator will not tour every community in the metro, MMDA recently launched their website bepreparedmetromanila.com. With the slogan “Be informed. Maging handa. Be resilient,” the website has tips on what to do before, during, and after earthquakes, hazard maps, a video on risk analysis in Greater Metro Manila, and other relevant  data and multimedia content for citizens to peruse and educate themselves. 

On top of all these projects, MMDA announced that an earthquake drill will be conducted throughout Metro Manila on July 30. The earthquake drill is scheduled to start at  3:00 in the afternoon and will last until 8:00 in the evening of the same day to simulate daytime and nighttime scenarios. MMDA plans to cut off electricity and telecommunications, as well as shut down establishments such as schools, malls, and offices during the earthquake drill for a more realistic simulation.

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