NegOcc disaster unit monitoring earthquake fault lines

BACOLOD CITY — The Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) is monitoring the fault lines on Negros Island following the strong tremor that hit the Visayas on Tuesday afternoon.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake, with the epicenter in San Julian, Eastern Samar, was felt at Intensity II and III in Bacolod City and other localities in Negros Occidental.

PDMPD head, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, said as of Wednesday, they continue to check if there are movements in the East Negros Fault System.

This includes the San Carlos Fault, which stretches from Calatrava in Negros Occidental to some areas in Negros Oriental.

In the province, other earthquake generators are the West Negros Fault, Central Negros Fault, and Southern Negros Fault.

“We are also closely monitoring the Negros Trench, which is more ‘dangerous’ since the movements are under the sea,” Caelian added.

He said the PDMPD has not monitored injuries or structural damage in the province following Tuesday’s quake.

“We have a response and rescue team at the Capitol, the employees are already trained on what to do during untoward incidents like an earthquake,” he noted.

Caelian underscored the importance of regularly conducting earthquake and other emergency drills in both public offices and private establishments.

“It is important that people are aware of the basic ‘duck, cover and hold’ during (an) earthquake,” he said.

He also reiterated the call of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. for Negrenses to always pray and prepare.

“While we pray that the province will be spared from calamities and disasters, it is also important that everybody is prepared so the loss of lives can be avoided,” Caelian said. (PNA)