Sunday, February 5, 2012

Volcanic Eruption HOAX Circulating in Philippines

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has not issued any warning about volcanic eruption and tsunami occurrence in Eastern Samar, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidom Jr. said.

Solidom made it clear that all official warnings from Phivolcs are coursed through the DRRMCs (disaster risk reduction management councils). “Not true at all. There is no truth that a Phivolcs personnel issued such warning by Phivolcs as all official warnings are coursed through DRRMCs,” Dr. Solidom said.

The Phivolcs chief said that the series of earthquakes beginning the third week of January 2012, the latest significant tremor with magnitude of 5.9 which occurred at 9:09 p.m. of February 4 with epicenters offshore of Eastern Samar and felt in Samar and Leyte islands, are the result of movements of the Philippine Sea Plate moving under the Eastern Philippine Trench.

“These are not caused by volcanic activity,” Dr. Solidom added, saying that there are no underwater volcanoes east of the Samar Island and it is not possible to have volcanoes there.

The pronouncement was elicited when a text message circulated in Eastern Visayas after an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 rocked Eastern Samar at 9:09 p.m. of February 4. The hoax, headlined “NOTICE” stated that at " 5:00 p.m. of February 5, the underwater volcano in Matarinao, Salcedo, East Samar will explode with a magnitude intensity of higher than 12 kilometers. It also warned people to evacuate 'as early as now' to open space and higher grounds." Read More