Metro Manila Subway project is earthquake proof- Philvocs

Metro Manila Subway project is earthquake proof- Philvocs

Construction of the Metro Manila Subway project has already started, last week February 27.
It is the country’s first underground railway system, which will employ Japanese technology in its construction, it’s a 33 kilometer subway.
The first three stations of the project are expected to be finished/completed by 2022, with the entire stretch of the subway are expected to be finished by 2025.
Philvocs says no segment of the subway will cross the Wet Valley Fault, which has been identified to be ripe for an earthquake (photo credit to PhilStar)

The first three underground station has been identified namely : Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue.
The subway will have 15 stations, which will run from Quirino Highway to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City and FTI in Taguig.

Earthquake Proof?

The head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) assures the public that the P357-billion Metro Manila Subway will be safe in case of earthquake in the metropolis.

Science Undersecretary and Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. said no part of the subway would cross the West Valley fault, which Philvocs warned is “ripe” for a major quake.
“The planning of the alignment of the Metro Manila Subway took into consideration the location of the West Valley Fault. The DOTr (Department of Transportation) and Japanese consultants consulted with Phivolcs to make sure that the proposed alignment does not cross the fault. They also obtained other earthquake-related hazards information and maps,” Solidum said

Solidum said underground railway structures are more earthquake-resistant as they move with the ground compared with elevated rail platforms.
He said Japan, an earthquake-prone country, has a good track record in designing earthquake-resistant rail structures.

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