PH new facility to increase earthquake detection capability

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Ma. Cristina Arayata

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Philippines News Agency

The newly inaugurated Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Mindanao Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (PMCMCET) will boost the country's earthquake detection capability, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum, Jr. said on Friday.

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The country now has a total of 111 facilities in its seismic network. These include 75 satellite-telemetered seismic stations; 29 staff-controlled seismic stations; and seven volcano observatories. Solidum said Phivolcs wants to have a total of 115 earthquake detection centers by next year.

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Phivolcs has a data receiving center in Quezon City, but Solidum noted that establishing an earthquake detection facility in other areas of the country would ensure continuity of service, especially during disasters. "If there is a large earthquake in Metro Manila, it (other facilities) would help us ensure that the office is still operating. It is an initial step to ensure continuity of service," he said.

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PMCMCET is housed inside the Southern Mindanao Campus of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in Mintal, Davao City. The cluster center also manages the earthquake and tsunami monitoring stations in Mindanao, consisting of nine staff-controlled seismic stations, 18 satellite-telemetered seismic stations, and 12 sea-level detection stations and its tsunami alerting stations, according to Phivolcs. 

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