Magnitude 8.0 earthquake advisory a hoax, NDRRMC warns

Kristine Joy Patag - Philstar.com
Magnitude 8.0 earthquake advisory a hoax, NDRRMC warns
Employees are seen at an open area in Manila, after an earthquake rocked the Philippines on April 22, 2019. A powerful earthquake rocked the Philippines, sending thousands of people fleeing high-rises in Manila as buildings shook. Office workers piled out onto the streets as emergency alarms blared, AFP reporters saw, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
AFP / Noel Celis

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has warned the public that the advisory of a stronger earthquake attributed to the agency is a hoax.

The agency, in a public advisory on Tuesday night, appealed to the public not to share, like or forward the text message, which contained a warning of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake.

.“We want to state that the said text messages are a hoax and are false,” NDRRMC said.

It also stressed that their text messages are sent using the account named “NDRRMC” only, not using any number.

On Monday afternoon, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Luzon. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said data pointed to Castillejos, Zambales as the quake’s epicenter.

The province of Pampanga was badly hit by the quake. Death toll has risen to 16 as of this story’s posting, and the number of dead is expected to rise as rescuers continue to dig through a collapsed supermarket in Porac town.

READ: WATCH: Rescuers help man trapped in collapsed Porac supermarket

Hours after the strong quake hit Luzon, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum allayed fears that it was the so-called “Big One,” a hypothetical magnitude-7.2 earthquake on the West Valley Fault.

READ: 'Not a major earthquake,' Phivolcs assures public

A day later, April 23, a magnitude 6.5 quake jolted Eastern Visayas, its epicenter was traced at nine kilometres northwest of San Julian, Eastern Samar.

This was followed by a magnitude 4.5 that jolted parts of Luzon early Wednesday morning.

The NDRRMC, however, urged the public to remain alert in any threat of calamity, and to visit its website, ndrrmc.gov.ph and the Office of Civil Defense Facebook page for more information.

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