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March 9: National earthquake drill for January 2023

On March 9, this year’s National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for the first quarter will take place.

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The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said on Facebook on Sunday, “The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) once again invites the public to join the first quarter NSED this 09 March 2023, 2 p.m.

Also, it urged people to adopt these procedures in the event of an earthquake:

— Maintain composure and practice “Duck, Cover, and Hold” when inside a building;

— Hide underneath a sturdy table and grab onto it. Keep an eye out for any hazards;

— Avoid touching large things, bookcases, and glass windows;

— Exit the building and get to the designated evacuation area as soon as the shaking stops;

— While you are outside, go to a space that is open and steer clear of structures, trees, electric posts, and regions that are prone to landslides;

— Stop the car you’re in if it’s moving and get out.

One of the government’s initiatives to encourage community resilience and disaster readiness is the quarterly nationwide earthquake drills.

The province of Masbate was shaken by an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 in the early hours of February 16.

According to the OCD Bicol as of February 17, the tremor had caused damage to 61 homes, 15 schools, and 6 buildings.

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