Dagupan recently acquired and installed a new earthquake developing tool from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) and Japan that will help evaluate ground shaking and movements after an earthquake.
This sophisticated gadget called intensity meter will be used to identify perceived movements or shaking during or after an earthquake. The meters are connected to a computer with access to the internet and all information that will be gathered will be sent to a server where the data shall be evaluated.
These meters which will record the latest ground movements in the area will make information on earthquakes accessible to all on the internet.
I was recently briefed about the device by officials from Phivolcs, led by Science Research Specialist Melchor Lasala. I was joined by CDRRMC head Ronald de Guzman, General Services Officer Melchor Guiang, and City Administrator Atty. Farah Decano.
To keep track on earthquakes happening in the country, Phivolcs regularly posts information in their earthquake information/bulletin which can be found in their website at www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph. These include information on magnitude, location and intensity of the earthquake.
Dagupan City which is surrounded by bodies of water is prone to intense ground shaking but with the intensity meter, experts will immediately know the effect of the ground shaking recorded.
The data gathered by the meters will help the CDRRMC in planning for their next possible action after the calamity.
I believe that there is great importance in being alert and prepared for any form of disaster all the times, and that everyone should be aware of different calamities that could strike without notice.
There is a need therefore for continuous consultation and preparation with and among various agencies and offices in a bid to keep every Dagupeno safe and sound.