The wife and I are thinking of investing in a real estate property within the Marikina-Antipolo area in preparation for our eventual return to the Philippines. But with the recent series of natural calamities, mainly typhoons and flooding in Luzon, and earthquakes around the Pacific rim, I’m worried about the safety of our future home.
We can plan for flooding when we build or buy a house, but earthquake is another matter.
To satisfy my curiosity, I looked up the exact location of the dreaded Marikina Fault Line and discovered that it passes directly under Loyola Grand Villas and Capitol Homes Subdivisions in Quezon City.
It also runs under Industrial Valley in Marikina City.
Then in Pasig and Mandaluyong City, it passes under Valle Verde all the way down to St. Joseph’s Heights and Bagong Ilog.
Interestingly, two fault lines saddles the Marikina River, San Mateo, and Rodriguez.
Antipolo is a pretty safe area, except that landslides may occur if an earthquake strikes Manila. This makes me wonder a little, with the high flood risk and the fact that it’s sitting right on top of a major fault line, how come land in Marikina still appreciates yearly?
N.B. If you are interested to know more about the maps, visit Philvolcs website or go directly to the page where I got the marikina valley earthquake fault map.
Here is an additional link to Metro Manila Earthquake Map Viewer <CLICK HERE>.