Matapos ibagsak ni Yolanda: Phivolcs to inaugurate newly-rehab quake monitoring station in Leyte

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After nearly five years, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology finally completed rebuilding an earthquake monitoring station damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Phivolcs said it will inaugurate the reconstructed Palo Seismic Station on Wednesday, March 14, at Barangay Arado in Palo town in Leyte.

Yolanda devastated parts of Visayas and Mindanao in November 2013, damaging the Palo Seismic Station in the process.

The new earthquake monitoring station in Palo uses two electricity sources, with solar power as the main power source and commercial electricity as the secondary source (

“This earthquake monitoring station has and will significantly benefit the Province of Leyte through increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in and around the province,” Phivolcs said.

“Eastern Visayas, including Leyte, is one of the seismically active areas in the country because of the Philippine Fault and the Philippine Trench, which are the main earthquake generators that can affect the area. In addition, there are other local faults which can be sources of small to large-magnitude earthquakes,” it added.

Phivolcs said the equipment is helpful in assessing earthquake hazards that could possibly affect the province.

In turn, this is used for the province’s disaster risk reduction and management plan,

Meanwhile, Phivolcs said it will continue to expand the Philippine seismic network by establishing monitoring stations nationwide.