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The city’s earthquake preparedness will be tested in the largest and first citywide earthquake drill dubbed as “Baguio Shake Drill” on March 31, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy said that the drill will be as close to reality as possible by projecting real-life scenarios to instill earthquake preparedness in the consciousness of the residents.

The anticipated tremor is expected to be generated from the movement of the Tubao Fault in La Union. This will cause a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Baguio City. Intensities 6, 7 and 8 will be felt and will result to very destructive effects. The impact is close to what the city experienced during the 1990 killer earthquake.

To establish a true-to-life no-lifeline scenario, utility companies were requested to cut their services for at least 15 minutes.

Uy said the drill aims to familiarize the people with the duck-cover-hold technique and the evacuation plans and procedures and to test the preparedness of the city for the eventuality of a powerful temblor.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan enjoined the cooperation of all sectors especially the barangays to take the activity seriously to attain its objectives.

The mayor issued an administrative order activating and implementing the incident command system to test the city's preparedness and response schemes through the citywide drill.

He tasked the various government and private agencies to do their part.

The Baguio City Shake Drill is part of the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) 1st Quarter of 2016 by virtue of a memorandum issued by OCD Administrator Undersecretary Alexander Pama for the conduct of the first quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill. The center of the nationwide drill will be conducted at Clark Airbase.