Phivolcs disowns warning for magnitude 7.1 quake


Posted at Apr 23 2019 10:30 AM

BGC residents stay outside of highrise buildings in Taguig City on April 22, 2019, after an Intensity 6.1 Earthquake was felt in Metro Manila. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A rumor on social media about a supposedly looming magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Metro Manila has no basis, the state seismology office said Tuesday. 

An online post recently made rounds claiming that a 100-kilometer fault line will cause the powerful tremor, supposedly according to Phivolcs. 

"Hindi nanggaling sa DOST-PHIVOLCS ang mensahe na ito at walang sapat na basehan para maglabas ng warning ang aming tanggapan tungkol sa isang nalalapit na malakas na lindol," Phivolcs said in a statement. 

(This message did not come from DOST-Phivolcs and there is no basis for our office to issue a warning on a powerful earthquake.)

There is no available technology that can predict tremors, said the office. 

It also urged the public to refrain from spreading the erroneous quake warning. 

The social media rumor follows a magnitude 6.1 quake that rumbled across Luzon on Monday afternoon. 

At least 11 people were killed by the quake that centered in Castillejos, Zambales.