By Perla G. Lena
Director Renato U. Solidum Jr. of the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) underscored the need for disaster preparedness which is not limited only to earthquakes but also its hazards like liquefaction, ground shaking, fire, landslide and even a possible tsunami.
Solidum who was the guest of honor during the quarterly meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council here Friday, stressed that “preparedness and risk reduction is everyone’s business” and it should start by educating people what they need to know.
He explained that an active fault known as West Panay Fault is present in the Panay Island.
The Madia-as Mountain Range as a matter of fact is a result of the collision between Palawan micro-continental block that separated from mainland Asia and met Panay Island, he said.
He added that collision is still going on and from time to time there are tremors that can be felt.
The latest major earthquake recorded was in June 1990 that affected Culasi, Antique and parts of Aklan.
The strongest ever recorded was the 8.3 magnitude earthquake that happened in 1948. It damaged 55 churches in Panay Island with 17 to have totally collapsed and 20 had cracks beyond repair. Also, it was reported that 50 percent of the houses in Antique were ruined and two persons died.