Phivolcs warns hoaxer for spreading a false quake information

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Spreading a false information isn't a joke! Phivolcs gave a Facebook user forceful advice for spreading "false or misleading information" about the forthcoming earthquake.

Spreading a false information violates the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act, according to Phivolcs.

Phivolcs posted a warning on Facebook to remind the owner of the Facebook account (lahs Alcular) that the user may be violating a law regarding this spread of false information, Section 6(a) of Republic Act 10639 (The Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act).

Under this Republic Act 10639 Section 6 (a), the violator will be punished with imprisonment of not less than two (2) months but not more than six (6) months, and with a fine of not less than One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) but not more than ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00). But if the false data or information shall have been under oath, the maximum penalty for giving false testimony or perjury shall be imposed.

More than a few Filipino people were in panic and feared the worst after seeing this post on social media.

The false information was posted by lahs Alcular on July 2 at 8pm and it got at least 1,192 shares thereafter. It was also spread via text message, according to Rappler.

Phivolcs notified the putative hoaxer and those who shared the post that it is collecting information just in case the government makes decision to proceed with a legal action.

Phivolcs said that it's collecting personal information of the hoaxer,440 Facebook friends and posts connected to the earthquake message sent, including the 1,192 Facebook accounts that shared the hoaxer's post.

Phivolcs clarified in a post on its official Facebook page that the current technology cannot tell anything about earthquakes. They said that they don't have 'land monitoring' division and issue official predictions of an upcoming earthquake. The science of earthquake prediction hasn't improved yet, so there's no way for them to tell the time, location and size of earthquakes. They also said that in the world, there's no technology that can be reliable to tell when the earthquake comes.

As a warning and to urge netizens and the general public under control, Phivolcs said that they have to be more clever. The sources of this message were questionable and its scientific evidence was insufficient. Therefore, it's obvious that this information was created to defraud and cause panic among the receivers of this message, and make them spread it to their family members and friends by themselves.

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