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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) commemorated the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami on its 40th year through series of activities held in Zamboanga City.  A School Fair exhibit was held at Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Gov. Ramos Avenue, Brgy. Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City last August 18 and 19, 2016.


PHIVOLCS aims to promote geologic hazard awareness and preparedness among the students. The exhibit featured a Tsunami Wave Tank Model, 3D Models – Planet Earth, Philippine Relief Map, Subduction Zone), and die-cut figure of Duck/drop, cover, and hold. PHIVOLCS staffs discussed about earthquake, tsunami, and its hazards, and preparedness to the students. “Tales of Disaster”, a video promoting preparedness, and the stories of the survivors of the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami were also shown.



A magnitude-8.1 earthquake generated by the movement along the Cotabato trench hit the island of Mindanao on August 17, 1976 at 12:11 AM (PST). The earthquake caused damage and collapse of houses and buildings. However, the tsunami that affected 700 kilometers of coastline bordering Moro Gulf in the North Celebes Sea brought the most destruction. The off-shore earthquake produced a massive tsunami killing about 6000 people making it the most disastrous tsunami to hit the Philippines. 

PHIVOLCS also conducted a seminar-workshop entitled Orientation and Knowledge Sharing for Partner Agencies on Volcano, Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction: Seminar-Workshop for KBP Partners on the use of Broadcasters’ InfoChart on Emergency Preparedness to capacitate the media on how to effectively disseminate information about earthquake, tsunami and its hazards on August 20, 2016 at LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City. The participants utilized all the knowledge they gathered through role-playing different scenarios based on their designated disaster focal points.

The activities were organized to encourage everyone to be aware and to prepare for natural hazards and mitigate disaster risks. PHIVOLCS urges everyone to look back and remember not only the tragedy, but also the lessons we learned.