Study: 37,000 may die if 7.2 quake would hit Metro Manila

17 Oct

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MANILA, Philippines – If the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that jolted Visayas and Mindanao early this week would happen in areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces that are sitting along the West Marikina Valley Fault, it would cause P2.4 trillion damage to buildings and kill 37,000 persons, a study showed.

The results of the risk analysis project, a three-year collaboration of the Australia and Philippine governments, said that a simulated quake event would affect 1,100 hectares of floor area with collapsed structures, and probable fatality of 37,000 persons.

The West Marikina Valley Fault starts from the Sierra Madre and runs through Carmona, Cavite. It also runs through Quezon City, Bulacan, Rizal; the eastern part of Metro Manila which includes Pasig, Taguig, Muntinlupa; San Pedro, and Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

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