Fact check: Earthquake stronger than ‘The Big One’ could strike North Cotabato

Fact check: Earthquake stronger than ‘The Big One’ could strike North Cotabato

- Recently, consecutive quakes rocked North Cotabato

- The PHIVOLCS claimed that a quake stronger than “The Big One” could possibly happen in the area

- There are about 5 active faults in Central Mindanao that could cause stronger shaking

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In October, about three consecutive earthquakes rocked North Cotabato. The quakes were all higher than magnitude 6.

KAMI learned that according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), it is possible to experience a stronger temblor than magnitude 7.2 in North Cotabato.

In a report by the UNTV News & Rescue, PHIVOLCS Officer-In-Charge Renato Solidum claimed that it is possible to experience a quake stronger than “The Big One” in other parts of the Philippines.

“Tandaan, hindi lang sa greater Metro Manila maaaring magkaroon ng The Big One,” Solidum said.

“Posible ring mangyari ito sa ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas dahil sa mga active faults at trenches na makapagdudulot ng malakas na lindol,” he added.

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Historically, the strongest quake recorded in the country was magnitude 7.5. The highly anticipated “The Big One” that will strike the West Valley Fault can generate up to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.

As mentioned by the PHIVOLCS, Central Mindanao is one of the seismically active regions in the country. It has active faults that could generate strong ground shaking.

In a previous report by KAMI, a magnitude 6.4 quake rocked Tulunan, Cotabato. The patients and staff of Kidapawan Doctors Hospital were forced to evacuate the building.

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