Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocks Zambales

UNTV News   •   May 23, 2021   •   1561

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocked Zambales at around 12:41 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.

According to a report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the center of the quake was located at San Antonio, Zambales.

It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 2 kilometers.

The agency recorded the quake at Intensity I  in Quezon City, Marikina City and Olongapo City.

Phivolcs said it does not expect damage, but warns of aftershocks from the tremor.

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.

 

4 big-time drug traffickers killed in Zambales sting, P3.4B shabu seized

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Four Chinese drug traffickers were killed in an anti-illegal drug operations in Zambales, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported.

On Tuesday (September 7), the government’s intelligence and anti-narcotics operatives led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized some P3.4 billion worth of methamphetamine in Candelaria, Zambales.

The PNP said the four drug traffickers engaged the government operatives in a gun battle in a failed attempt to escape.

The Chinese nationals were identified as Gao Manzhu, 49; Hong Jianshe, 58; Eddie Tan, 60; all from Fujian, China; and, Xu Youha,50, from Quezon City. Seized from them were 500 kilograms of shabu with an estimated standard price of P3.4 billion. The confiscated shabu was the biggest drug haul for this year so far.

On Tuesday, government anti-narcotics operatives were able to negotiate for the purchase of a kilo of shabu from the group of Xu which resulted in the operation that eventually led to his death and of his three other companions.

PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the individuals were known distributors of illegal drugs in Luzon, particularly in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Region 4.

Xu, alias Taba, was tagged as one of the key players of illegal drugs activities in the country and according to PDEA Deputy Director General for Operations Gregorio Pimentel, he was last monitored talking to a contact abroad.

Meanwhile, a hot pursuit operation has been set up to capture more members of the syndicate. Eleazar said, he had already deployed helicopters and speedboats of the PNP to assist in the conduct of pursuit operation against the vessel which transported the confiscated illegal drugs to the coastal waters of Zambales.

“This operation was a result of the whole-of-government approach in our campaign against illegal drugs. Our coordination and cooperation with other government agencies, particularly with the PDEA, is now stronger than before so we are confident that this will be our strong point in our successful campaign to put an end to the threats of illegal drugs in the country,” he said. AAC

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

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