Phivolcs probes new Negros fault line


Posted at Feb 07 2012 11:39 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2012 05:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Government scientists are investigating the fault line that has appeared in Negros Oriental following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that devastated parts of the province and nearby areas.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) wants to check if the area is still safe for residential communities.

"Kailangan natin sya ma-locate accurately, gaano kahaba, ano potential to generate strong earthquakes," said Phivolcs Deputy Director Bart Bautista.

The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) has expressed dismayed by the alleged lack of updated hazard maps in various parts of the country.

"There is frustration tulad nito meron pala, baka akala natin sa Palawan wala pero meron pala," said LMP executive director Lilian de Leon.

Phivolcs admitted that Monday's quake was caused by a previously unknown fault line.

The agency said it has yet to map other minor fault lines.

The agency only has 5 geologists who do active fault mapping.

"Kailangan mo pumunta sa area, aakyat ng bundok, dangerous areas pa minsan," Bautista said.

Ted Sandoval is among the geologists of Phivolcs who have resigned.

"Personal kasi for career growth atsaka maganda ngayon sa mining," Sandoval said.

Many are lured by high paying jobs in private companies, where salaries can reach P50,000 a month.

Phivolcs pays only less than half of that. - Report from Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News; ANC