The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 has recommended to the local government units (LGUs) of Talisay City the continuous monitoring where an alleged “explosion” was heard of twice by some residents in the morning of November 4, 2013 in Barangay Manipis, Talisay City .

“Initial information that we gathered indicated that the cause of the explosion could not be determined for now as there was no surface evidence as described by some barangays officials in an interview,” said MGB 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo.

As recounted, the first “explosion” was stronger than the second one.

It was reported that some residents of neighboring Barangay Camp 7, Minglanilla also felt the explosion but in a lesser intensity.

Alburo sent Senior Science Research Specialist Abraham R. Lucero Jr. to conduct the investigation.

Meanwhile, in a 1:10,000-scale or a detailed mapping in Talisay City conducted on March 12, 2012, Barangay Manipis has been classified as highly susceptible to landslides due to generally steep slopes, highly fractured rocks, and presence of landslides.

With this, Alburo urged the local officials in Talisay City to take the precautionary measures by evacuating residents as most of the mountain barangays in Talisay City have been mapped to be highly susceptible to landslides.

He said that heavy rains brought about by typhoon “Yolanda” could trigger episodes of landslides and flooding.