Mindanao quake aftermath

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019   •   617

A drone photo of a burning mall ignited caused by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in General Santos City, Philippines, 16 October 2019. According to local reports, several people were injured after the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southern Philippines. EPA-EFE/AJ RESANE

Fear still lingers in the eyes of Arnold Awag, a father and a resident of Sitio Agco in Kidapawan City.

Arnold was preparing his kids for bedtime when the 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked several parts of Mindanao on Wednesday (October 16).

Arnold recalled that it was like being swayed by the earth in a giant swing they never wished to be on. He could still hear the fearful cries of his children.

Sitio Agco is located in an area that is prone to landslides. Arnold’s home is at the foot of Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

“Itinago ko ang mga bata sa ilalim ng mesa para hindi sila tamaan ng hollow block. Iyak sila ng iyak kagabi. Parang umiikot at dinuduyan kami kagabi (I hid the kids under the table to keep them safe from falling hollow blocks. They were crying a lot last night),” he said.

Their home was damaged due to the strong quake but his family is safe. They were among the 400 residents in Sitio Agco who were evacuated due to the possible threat of a landslide.

READ: At least 4 dead in 6.3 magnitude quake in Mindanao

Marilou Miyashiro, another resident, said she might have heard a landslide when the earthquake happened.

“Nang lumindol lumabas kami, tumilapon iyong anak ko. Naglaglagan iyong aming mga gamit hangang namaay ang ilaw. Naglabasan kami, naririnig ko parang nagkaroon ng landslide (During the earthquake, my children got thrown off and our belongings fell until the lights went out. We went outside and it seemed like we heard a landslide),” she said.

At present, the Kidapawan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office is inspecting the landslide-prone areas.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

9 dead in Turkey after earthquake hits Iran border area

UNTV News   •   February 24, 2020

BASKALE, TURKEY (FEBRUARY 23, 2020)DAMAGED HOMES

Nine people died and hundreds of buildings collapsed in southeastern Turkey on Sunday (February 23) after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring dozens in villages and towns in both countries, government officials said.

Three of those killed were children and 37 Turks were injured, including nine critically, Turkey’s health ministry said.

The shallow tremor caused more than 1,000 buildings to collapse in Turkey, prompting a brief rescue effort to find those trapped under rubble.

The quake damaged buildings some 90 km (56 miles) to the west in the Turkish city of Van, and to the east in dozens of villages in Iran, where state TV said 75 people were injured including six in hospital, though there were no fatalities.

Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.—Yesim Dikmen via Reuters Connect

Magnitude 5.4 quake rattles Davao Occidental

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 5.4 earthquake rattled parts of Davao Occidental on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the epicenter of the quake that struck around 5:54 p.m. was traced 35 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental.

It had a depth of 190 kilometers and tectonic in origin.

The tremor was felt at intensity III in General Santos City, Tupi and Polomolok in South Cotabato, and Alabel, Saranggani; intensity II in Maasin and Malapatan, Sarangani, and Davao City, while intensity I was felt in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Phivolcs said there was no reported damage but aftershocks should be expected.

Danger remains as volcanic activities increase in Taal

Marje Pelayo   •   January 20, 2020

Aerial photos Taal Volcano eruption aftermath epa08135676 Handout aerial photo provided by the Office of Civil Defense shows the Taal Volcano crater in Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines, 17 January 2020. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has kept the alert level at four, following the volcano’s eruption on 12 January 2020. EPA-EFE/OFFICE OF CIVIL DEFENSE HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

MANILA, Philippines – Over a week since Taal Volcano began its eruptive activity, danger still remains according to experts.

In fact, a total of 787 earthquakes have been recorded in the volcano island on Saturday (January 18) alone, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

This frequency of ground shaking is double the number of all volcanic earthquakes recorded in the previous six days of Taal’s volcanic activity.

Over the weekend, more than 200 tremors were recorded within the range of magnitude 1.2 and 4.1, the PHIVOLCS said and on Sunday evening (January 19), the strongest shaking – magnitude 4.2 earthquake – was felt in Mabini, Batangas.

The volcano institute have also observed that Taal is producing about one-kilometer high white ash pillar and sulfur dioxide of around 1,442 tons each day.

Because of these observations, PHIVOLCS cannot just lift or downgrade Alert Level 4 that is currently in effect around the volcano island because the possibility of a massive explosive eruption remains high within hours or days.

Thus, PHIVOLCS strongly appeals for understanding and more patience from residents and reminds them not to return yet to their villages especially those within the 14-km danger zone.

Volcanic earthquakes recorded in Taal:

  • January 19 – 787
  • January 18 – 366
  • January 17 – 65
  • January 16 – 103
  • January 15 – 159
  • January 14 – 49
  • January 13 – 52

Source: PHIVOLCS

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