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The ability to monitor earthquakes is improved by adding more seismic stations.

CITY OF ILOILO – On Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) expanded its earthquake monitoring capabilities by launching its 115th seismic station in Barangay Punong Pequeo, Dueas, Iloilo.

During the inauguration, Phivolcs officer-in-charge Renato Solidum Jr. said, “This is a remarkable milestone since it satisfies our aim of establishing 115 seismic stations around the Philippines before the conclusion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term this year.”

The connection of the Dueas, Iloilo Seismic Station to the Philippine Seismic Network enables decision-makers, emergency responders, and the general public to get earthquake information faster and more accurately, he said.

The capacity to determine earthquake characteristics and the detectability of seismic occurrences, according to Solidum, will be critical inputs for earthquake catastrophe preparedness and risk reduction.

The first seismic station in Iloilo province will provide “state of health” data to the Phivolcs central office every minute.

Solidum explained that because the instruments of stations in Aklan, Antique, and Roxas City, Capiz, are not as sensitive, there is still a need to evaluate earthquake data, phone their central office, and report anytime an event occurs.

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