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MMDA holds 5th 'shake' drill

MANILA—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) held its 5th metro-wide shake drill early Saturday.

The MMDA said the drill was meant to test the response capabilities and preparedness of the government, private sector, non-government organizations and other stakeholders in the event of a strong earthquake.

The drill began at 4 a.m. with a text blast and to the sound of sirens and alarms.

The country's most recent deadly tremor occurred in April when a 6.1-magnitude quake rattled Luzon, killing at least 16 people and causing major structural damage.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.



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