Phivolcs to launch PH Earthquake Model Atlas

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:50 PM    Views : 397by:Ma. Cristina Arayata

MANILA -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) will launch the Philippine Earthquake Model (PEM) Atlas on January 17 that aims to help engineers in designing earthquake-resilient structures and buildings and enhance the existing National Structural Code of the Philippines.

This will also be the engineers' guide in designing dams, bridges, as well as nuclear, biological and chemical facilities, the agency said.

The PEM Atlas will also serve as a guide for land use and urban planning and disaster risk management planning of various government agencies, local government units, and other stakeholders, it added.

According to Phivolcs, the Atlas contains the Peak Ground Acceleration Maps and Spectral Acceleration Maps, which were both generated from the Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis.

These maps were also generated through the collaborative expertise of seismologists, geologists, engineers, and researchers from Phivolcs, in consultation with various concerned agencies, such as the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Office of Civil Defense, Local Government Units, and the Department of Public Works and Highways, among others.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Peņa earlier told PNA that for this year, he wants to help people to be more prepared for disasters.

Among the strategies he has been planning is the disaster preparation information dissemination, to be done by all DOST-attached agencies and not just by Phivolcs and the state weather agency, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

The launching of the PEM Atlas will be held at the Phivolcs Building in Quezon City. Copies will be distributed to partners, while stakeholders can also request a digital copy.(PNA)


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