Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocks Davao Occidental, nearby provinces

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2021   •   485

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocked Davao Occidental and nearby provinces early Wednesday (April 7).

According to a report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the tremor which was tectonic in origin struck 118 kilometers southeast of the municipality of Jose Abad Santos at 4:08 a.m. on Wednesday.

It had a depth of 91 kilometers.

The agency warned of aftershocks in the coming hours.

Instrumental Intensity I was recorded in General Santos City and Koronadal City in South Cotabato as well as in Alabel and Kiamba in Sarangani.

PHIVOLCS expects no damage from the quake as damage is possible only at Intensity VI based on the agency’s scale.

NDRRMC suspends nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill due to ‘Jolina’, ‘Kiko’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) suspended the Third Quarter Online Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill due to Typhoon Kiko and Tropical Storm Jolina.

The online nationwide earthquake drill was scheduled for Thursday (September 9). However, due to bad weather, the agency said it will move the online drill to a later date.

During the drill an alert button will be pressed signaling the public to duck, cover and hold in their homes and offices. With the online setup, the NDRRMC aims to reach more individuals to participate in the drill.

 

Death toll from 7.2 earthquake in Haiti soars to 1,400

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

Death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14 has reached 1,400.

In addition to the fatalities, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that as of Monday, the number of injured from the incident stands at 6,900 while hundreds more are still missing.

The organization also noted there is a lack of medical supplies and hospital spaces to tend to the injured.

“The dire health situation remains the most pressing concern, as several hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, while those still operating are completely overwhelmed, lacking sufficient personnel and medical supplies,” the OCHA said.

Haitian Civil Protection also reported that more than 37,300 homes have been destroyed and 46,000 have sustained damages, leaving thousands homeless. The agency said the numbers will continue to grow over the coming days and weeks, creating significant shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs.

Search and rescue operations and relief operations continue. USAID deployed a 65-member search and rescue team and the Coordinating Unit (CU) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will provide operational assistance. AAC

Death toll reaches over 1,200 after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2021

Death toll in Haiti has reached 1,297 and more than 5,700 injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Caribbean island nation on Saturday (August 14).

Haiti’s prime minister Ariel Henry, declared a month-long state of emergency while search and rescue operations are underway for survivors.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred 78 miles (125 km) west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time.

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres extends its condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Haiti.

“The United Nations, together with the humanitarian community in Haiti, is supporting the Government’s efforts to assist those affected by the earthquake and stands ready to provide further backing to the response,” according to Guterres’ spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. AAC

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