A report from Inquirer.net yesterday confirms that Batangas was shook by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. This was according to the US Geological Survey.
“The inland tremor struck 55 kilometers northwest of Batangas and 65 kilometers south-southwest of Manila at a depth of 217.7 kilometers. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.” (INQ.net)
The Philippines sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. With what happened in Indonesia few days ago, hearing news like this could be very alarming. But what do we really need to do in order to keep ourselves and our families safe when natural disasters like earthquakes occur? Here are some tips:
- Do NOT go outside. You could get hurt from falling glass or parts of buildings. If you are outside, stay away from buildings and power lines.
- Take cover under a desk, table, or other large and stable piece of furniture. Hold on to it. Or, stand in a doorway and brace yourself.
- Stay away from windows, heavy furniture, appliances, mirrors, pictures, and anything else that could fall and hurt you. Also stay away from fireplaces. You could lose your balance and hurt yourself on the fire.
- If you are driving when an earthquake happens, stop the car if it’s safe. Stay inside your car until the earthquake stops, and don’t drive near bridges or tunnels. Try not to stop by power lines, light posts, signs, or trees. These could fall and hurt you.
- Stay alert for falling objects. Most people get injured by falling objects during an earthquake, not by the shaking itself.
- Do NOT use matches, lighters, or candles. If there is a broken gas line, you could spark a fire or explosion.
- Do NOT use elevators. There might be a power outage due to the earthquake, and you could get stuck in the elevator