In the wake of the catastrophe that recently beset the city of Cotabato, a Facebook post published on Oct. 29 sparked fear and alarm to the people after making claims of an impending earthquake in Mindanao.
The page Ozamiz Spy warned the public of a magnitude 8 earthquake that might hit the region any time soon, writing “prepare for the worst” in the caption box.
The viral post mentioned five provinces in Mindanao that will most likely be jolted by the quake, namely Mati, Davao, Tulunan, Sarangani, and Zamboanga.
The post further claimed that experts on earthquakes have already verified this, saying, “Please be ready at all costs, it was been (sic) proven by Digos veteran seismologists.”
It even said that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on this prediction. But NDRRMC made it clear that they did not make that announcement, proving the post to be a complete hoax.
NDRRMC explained its process of Emergency Alert and Warning Messages (EAWM). Before dissemination information, a meticulous validation process is conducted. NDRMMC then sends out urgent advisories to people in affected areas.
“The NDRRMC does not send messages of that sort. Currently, there is no technology that allows the prediction of earthquakes. Your NDRRMC will NEVER send baseless messages that will only spread fear among our people,” the group said in response to the issue.
NDRMCC said they did not even receive any bulletin from the Council and the PHIVOLCS.
More so, there is no way to determine future earthquakes. NDRRMC further advised the public not to believe unverified reports that are designed to cause panic and alarm to people.
They urged people to rely on validated EAWMs and NDRRMC’s official social media accounts for updates.