It can’t predict an earthquake, but by using it, real estate investors can prevent purchasing property that sits atop a fault. Others can avoid using it in locations that are subjected to risks, including volcanic eruptions, floods and landslides.
According to Renato Solidum Jr., Under-Secretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change at the DOST and Phivolcs officer, the app, which has real-life apps, enables individuals wired to search for prospective risks anywhere in the Philippines.
Accessible via hazardhunter.georisk.gov.ph, the desktop app enables users to search for a particular place, either through GPS, coordinates, or Google Maps search.
Users can also search for places visually by zooming in on the map, Solidum said. The app will show the location’s vulnerabilities in just seconds. Users have the choice to download an data sheet with explanations for the risk assessment report.
Hoped that public organizations and private organizations that needed a hazard or risk evaluation before issuing licenses would consider data supplied by the application, as the maps and information supplied by Phivolcs to license applicants were the same.