Phivolcs: Metro Manila Subway is safe, won’t cross West Valley Fault

“Underground rail is less risky than elevated rail during an earthquake”
by Drei Laurel | Mar 1, 2019
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The Metro Manila Subway is really happening. According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the “project of the century” will stretch across 36km over 15 stations, and will have a maximum capacity of 1.5 million passengers per day once it is fully operational.

If this underground railway lives up to expectations, it’ll be a godsend for Metro Manila’s commuters. But there are a few concerns, one of which being whether the system will hold up in the event of a natural disaster.

Well, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the subway system is safe—at least when it comes to earthquakes.

Phivolcs officer in charge Renato Solidum says that no segment of the subway project passes through the West Valley Fault, adding that the alignment will pass through an adobe layer, which is ideal for tunneling. The official also emphasized that an underground railway system is less risky in the event of an earthquake compared to an elevated one.

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“The DOTr is also optimistic with Japan’s extensive experience and expertise in designing, building, and operating safe and reliable subway systems under seismic conditions that are more challenging than Metro Manila’s,” the agency said in a statement released on social media. Check it out below:

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