It was an ordinary day in the city – people rushing to their appointments in the midst of traffic when suddenly the ground began to shake terribly. The tall buildings have collapsed and brought massive casualties and mass hysteria around Metro Manila.
This might happen when the West Valley Fault starts to make a movement. This fault line runs through six cities in Metro Manila namely Quezon City, Marikina, Makati, Pasig, Taguig, Muntinlupa, and partly in nearby provinces in Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.
According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, this fault only moves every 400 years; the last happened in 1658. A movement of this fault could generate 7.2 magnitude earthquake, would damage approximately 2.7 trillion of properties, bring 37,000 casualties and 140,000 injured people in the affected areas.
In preparation for the Big One, the Armed Forces of the Philippines hosted by its Reserve Command or AFPRESCOM and local government of Taguig City conducted a Joint Capability Demonstration to support the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council last July 29 at Taguig City West Sector.
This activity showcased different situations that could happen during and after the earthquake in the same way demonstrated efficient techniques for rescue operations. Aside from testing each and everyone’s preparedness for disaster, it was also a way to increase knowledge on disaster response and encourage interoperability among different agencies to work as one when the Big One strikes.
As a quote by, Petra Nemcova says, “We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.”