JULY 16, 2019 — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has launched the website Hazard Hunter Ph which seeks to increase hazard preparedness among Filipinos.
Hazard Hunter Ph will allow residents to assess if an area is prone to tsunamis, landslides, storm surges, earthquakes, floodings or volcanic hazards.
“Noong 1990, Luzon earthquake nabigla karamihan sa panganib. Dito nakikita na dapat ma-anticipate na natin ‘yung panganib na pwede mangyari. Itong hangarin na makapaghanda ay nakasalalay sa tamang assessment sa hazard at epekto nito,” said Phivolcs director Usec. Renato Solidum Jr.
The website also detects potential hazards in hospitals, schools, and roads.
“For planning purposes, for example, build build build and development programs like construction of hospitals and schools. ‘Di masama na may hazards dyan. What is important is that the hazard is recognized so developers can develop approaches to mitigate impact. For example, ground shaking you can mitigate it by following the building code,” said Solidum.
The Hazard Hunter website app was launched during the 29th anniversary of the Luzon earthquake on July 16. The 7.8 magnitude quake left around 1,200 casualties and P10 billion worth of damage in infrastructure.
While the website has been launched, developers seek to finish the mobile app this year.