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Surigaonons to join nationwide quake drill in preparation for another ‘Big One’

By Ben Serrano

The nationwide earthquake drill aims to stimulate the panicky moments when a massive quake strikes and test the readiness of the public and the government. PIA-Caraga

In anticipation of another massive earthquake, the Surigao City Government will join the Office for Civil Defense in a nationwide earthquake drill on Thursday (June 29 ).

The city and the towns of San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte were the three areas devastated by the powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake that shook the province on Feb. 10, 2017, where thousands of villagers were affected and more than P2 billion damaged in infrastructure, among both government and private institutions.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office would test its capabilities in disaster response in the earthquake drill at the C.V. Diez Elementary School at 2 p.m.

Davao City will be the main staging area of the second quarter nationwide earthquake drill tomorrow, dubbed “Bida ang Handa”.

The drill aims to generate awareness and promote disaster preparedness in the wake of the recent tremors around the country.

On Monday, a tectonic earthquake jolted three Surigao del Norte towns and Surigao City 2017, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said a 3.6 magnitude tremor was registered at 9:39 a.m. on Monday (June 26).

The epicenter was plotted 8 kilometers (km) southwest of San Francisco town (Anao-aon), Surigao del Norte, with a depth of only 3 km, the agency said.

Intensity IV was registered in Surigao City, San Francisco and Malimono towns while intensity 1 was registered in Mainit town, Surigao del Norte, Phivolcs said. With reports from CLC

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