The Philippines is a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which means it’s vital for the country to always be alert for earthquakes. Fortunately, DOST announced that it will expand monitoring with a new seismic station.
The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institution of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) released information that a new seismic station will be established in Iloilo Province. This will be the country’s 115th seismic station.
The said station will be located in Central Azucarera de San Antonio, Inc. (CASA) sugarcane plantation, Brgy. Ponong Pequeño, Municipality of Dueñas.
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This is also part of DOST-PHIVOLCS’ efforts to build 115 seismic stations across the nation before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends. To celebrate the success of this goal, an inauguration will be held on April 28, 2022, on the site itself.
PHIVOLCS also stated that this project will pave the way for enhanced detection of seismic events which will greatly contribute to disaster awareness and preparation.