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5 Things You Need to Know About the Metro Manila Shake Drill

Join the largest Earthquake Drill to be held in Metropolitan Manila tomorrow


A couple of months ago, the public was informed about the possibility of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that may be generated by the West Valley Fault. The 100-kilometer-long fault system passes through Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna. (via ABS-CBN News)

While it's important to secure the home and our belongings, it's also important that we know what to do if and when the quake hits and you're in the office or school. In order to inform the public and promote a culture of preparedness, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority together with schools, business, government agencies, and religious organizations will be conducting a metro-wide earthquake drill tomorrow, July 30 at 10:30 in the morning. Pasig City will also be conducting its own Nighttime Drill in the Ortigas Business District from 8 to 9:30 in the evening. (via

The public is encouraged to participate in the drill whether you're home, on the road, or at work. Here are five important things to keep in mind:

How do you know if the drill is starting?

Radio stations will be sounding off the earthquake sounds to signal the start of the drill. Depending on where you are, the company or school may also sound off their own alarms.

What should you do at 10:30?

If you are at the office, school or other buildings, once the signal starts at 10:30 AM, perform the Drop, Cover, and Hold position for forty five (45) seconds. After that, evacuate your building and make sure to clear any obstructions in your pathway. 

What are you going to do if you're on the road?

The MMDA traffic constables will signal the start of the Shakedrill on our major roads by holding up EARTHQUAKE DRILL signs. All vehicles will be expected to stop for forty five (45) seconds, except for those vehicles on and below flyovers and tunnels which need to keep moving to avoid the structures.

Are public services going to be disrupted?

All public services will be operational tomorrow. Only the 10:30 to 11:30 window hour will be dedicated to the earthquake drill. The MRT and LRT lines will be operational during the drill.

Will the power and telephone lines be cut off?

There will be no disruption of power and communication lines. It is the discretion of the company, school, or barangay if they will simulate these circumstances in your area/s.

To learn more about tomorrow's activities and to download the Earthquake Preparedness Guide Pamphlets, visit the Metro Manila Shake Drill website.

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