NDRRMC to hold nationwide quake drill today

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) — The country's primary disaster agency will hold the first national simultaneous earthquake drill for 2018 at 2 p.m. today.

Quezon City will host the drill, which will also test the city's capabilities in disaster response, like fire suppression, clearing and relief operations, management of the dead and missing, peace and order, and rapid disaster and needs analysis.

The Quezon City government warned of heavier traffic due to the drill.

"People 'evacuating' from their places of work as well as emergency vehicles and heavy equipment will start moving to simulate the chaos we expect to happen should such a disaster happens. If you can avoid hitting the road from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., please do," Quezon City Public Information Officer  Ares Gutierrez said in a press release.

All disaster risk reduction management councils, from the regional down to the barangay level, are required by the Office of Civil Defense to participate in the drill.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is conducting nationwide earthquake drills in preparation for "The Big One," or the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which may be generated by the 100-kilometer West Valley Fault.

A 2004 study funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency showed the magnitude 7.2 quake could kill up to 34,000 people and injure 100,000 others due to collapsed buildings in Metro Manila alone.

The West Valley Fault traverses several cities in the National Capital Region, including Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and Muntinlupa. It also extends to Bulacan, Laguna, and Cavite.