Bohol Earthquake 2013
Published: October 20, 2013
Bohol Earthquake 2013, Quake-hit areas in Cebu and Bohol woke up to strong aftershocks early yesterday morning, which continued throughout the day but authorities appealed to the public not to panic and to filter information that is spread through social media and text messages.
Geologist Jeffrey Perez from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) clarified last night that their agency did not release information about a strong earthquake that will reportedly hit Cebu and Bohol.
“We did not mention any fault near Sagbayan, Bohol or a magnitude 8 na lindol. We mentioned a blind fault but never West Valley fault. Dun sa mga kumakalat na text message and information online, wag na po i-propagate,” Perez clarified.
A message that warned of an impending earthquake was circulated over text messages, as well as social media site Facebook.
“NEWS ALERT!!! A MUST READ on Oct. 20, 2013 via TV5 PHIVOLCS reported that there is a blind fault line located in Sagbayan, Bohol. If the West Valley fault will move, they expect all Visayans especially Boholanos to prepare for the (8.0 magnitude)!!! Which will also affect CEBU!!! Please pass,” read the circulated message.
Television station TV5, with account name News5 Everywhere, posted a clarification last night in its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“Good evening everyone, please stop sharing the ‘Blind fault located in Sagbayan, Bohol..’ This report is not true. It causes panic to some Cebuanos and Boholanos. Thank you,” the online post read.
“Nandito nga tayo to appease the people and conduct information dissemination tapos may kakalat pang ganyang report. Nakakalungkot lang. Sana naman wag ganyan,” Phivolcs’ Perez said.
Perez, who is the Supervising Science Research Specialist and geologist from PHIVOLCS Geological Disaster Awareness and Preparedness Division, is in Cebu together with other officials from national office to document the strong quake that hit this part of Central Visayas.
Seismologists, geologists, engineers, documentation staff comprise the two PHIVOLCS teams deployed in Cebu and Bohol.