I applaud the reporter for double checking his/her facts. And getting expert opinion. I believe I was a little too harsh with my previous rant.
Avoid the fault line
The reasonable thing to do would be to avoid purchasing a property that sits atop or is not at least 5 kilometers away from a fault trace, according to Dr. Renato Solidum, head of Phivolcs.
(Editor’s Note: 5 kilometers was what Solidum said in a recording of the interview the writer had with him. However, we double-checked this fact with Mahar Lagmay, a geologist from UP, and Benito Pacheco from the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. who both said it’s 5 meters.)
Leave the building if it is already located above a fault, advised Dr. Mahar Lagmay of the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences. “There is no engineering solution to that,” he said.
I dispute this. Like a lot of things in life surviving an earthquake is either largely luck or a societal approach to disaster effects mitigation. Instincts my ass. Why the hell is this quote here? what is the reporter driving at? does he/she even agree with the instincts quote? Better Press Corp please.
For Cassandra Endrino, an electrical engineer, it was enough that they were oriented about the emergency exit maps in their condominium in Makati. She added that surviving an earthquake is largely based on instincts. “Common sense na rin ‘yun, dapat alam mo na gagawin mo ‘pag may earthquake,” she said.