To better monitor the seismic activities of Canlaon Volcano and other fault lines in the province, PHIVOLCS has installed state-of-the-art seismic stations that can send data to the agency’s headquarters in Manila so that bulletins shall be readily available to better prepare the communities.
Furthermore, PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr., said tsunami detectors shall soon be installed along the province's coast lines to monitor the sea level in real time.
In his whirlwind visit to the province last Thursday, Solidum shared the official findings of the February 6, 2012 6.9 magnitude earthquake: The source of the tremor was a blind fault 10 meters deep in La Libertad, which moved diagonally, causing some liquefaction and dislocation underneath up to the coastal areas of the first district.
Deep sea assessment by PHIVOLCS and some Japanese experts revealed submarine landslides off the coast of La Libertad town.
Solidum suggested that residences and other infrastructures must be reinforced, and for the residents to abandon the areas with fault lines and those that are high risk for landslides.
First District Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong suggested that all private and public infrastructures like roads and bridges must follow the structural design and standards that can withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake.
She also claimed that lives of most of the displaced victims of the Feb. 6 earthquake have already returned to normal. La Libertad has also bought a four-hectare lot to serve as the permanent relocation site.