Earthquake is like a thief in the night, you do not know when it will attack unless one have an accurate predicting machine that predicts incoming earthquakes on a specific area, accurately. What is more terrifying about earthquake attack is when one lives in advanced cities where high-rise buildings abound around. For if a strong earthquake will strike such city, surely high-rise building will fall right in everyone’s face.
Thus, the city of Makati in the Philippines have come up a city directive that will safeguard their populace from a strong possible earthquake that will strike the city, for the city of Makati is home to many high-rise buildings in the Philippines. For it is the center of commerce in the Philippine Luzon region.
This directive is the implementation of installing accelerometers or widely known as seismograms on high-rise buildings by building owners and developers within the city beginning from already existing ones and future to be erected ones. Failure to install seismograms will revocate the existing occupancy permits of the already existing high-rise ones and denial of occupancy permits for future high-rise building that will be erected or build within the city.
This directive is on a current strict implementation within the city because earthquakes strike anytime without prior notice as logical reason for the strict implementation.
Actually, this is already stated on the memorandum of National Structural Code of the Philippines on Department of Public Ways and Highways(DPWH) Memorandum Circular No.03 section 105 dated March 31,2011 which states that the installation of seismograms in structures over 50 meters high (equivalent to 50 story building) is a must requirement.
By the way, an occupancy permit is required by the National Building Code in order for a specific new building to be occupied or use publicly, aside from meeting standards specifications on building aspects like mechanical, electrical, fire safety, sanitary and plumbing which the builder owner and developers are required to have.; Without the occupancy permits, et.al. a new building can be use or will not be active on business.
However, though a high-rise building or any building have seismogram, there is a growing knowledge that this earthquake predicting machine are ineffective in predicting accurate incoming earthquakes or they are just installed to measure earthquake waves while there is an ongoing earthquake. Thus, though the Makati city have strict rules regarding earthquake safety and earthquake preparedness, installing a mere sometimes ineffective earthquake predicting machine will not do in combating the forthcoming of a strong earthquake.