Buying a dream house? Check hazards first with Phivolcs’ improved hazard assessment app

Published February 10, 2021, 4:01 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Finding out if your location is prone to earthquakes or volcanic eruptions has become more handy and efficient with the launch of the second version of the HazardHunterPH mobile application.


The HazardHunterPH Mobile v2.0 for Android OS, which was launched by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday, Feb. 10, has several core features and improvements from its previous release.

Phivolcs said the mobile app allows users to find out if a location is prone to seismic, volcanic, or hydro-meteorological hazards; generate hazard assessment reports with explanations and recommendations; see which areas in the Philippines are prone to different hazards; display exposure of schools, hospitals, and roads to various hazards, and view up-to-date hazard information from mandated government agencies.

The newly-improved mobile application now has new layers available for map display, enhanced user interface, faster assessment, more resource links, legend, enhanced location search that is powered by Google, and enhanced accessibility to map layers and overall app performance.

For Android users, Phivolcs said the app is available via the Google Play Store. 

“Just search for HazardHunterPH or go directly to this link You may want to remove the previous version of the app first if you have it installed on your device,” it explained.

HazardHunterPH mobile application will also be available in iOS devices very soon, Phivolcs said.

For people who prefer to work on their computers, or who want to access other features of the platform, the web version of HazardHunterPH may be used.

Phivolcs said HazardHunterPH is the Philippines’ one-stop-shop GIS (geographic information system) platform for hazard assessment services. 

It allows users quick and easy generation of multi-hazard assessment summary and comprehensive reports. 

It is also helpful as a reference for property owners, buyers, land developers, planners, and other stakeholders needing immediate hazard information and assessment. 

Moreover, the application aims to increase people’s awareness of natural hazards and advocates the implementation of plans to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural hazards.

HazardHunterPH is a product of GeoRisk Philippines, a multi-agency initiative led by Phivolcs and participated in by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration; Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology; Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); DENR-National Mapping and Resource Information Authority; Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense; Department of Education; Department of Health; National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation; and Social Housing Finance Corporation.