SURIGAO CITY, Philippines — A 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Mindanao region at past 10:00 pm last Friday.
The epicenter of the earthquake was recorded 16 kilometers northwest of Surigao City.
Surigao del Norte was the most severely hit by the earthquake.
“For now, Surigao residents are still scared because of aftershocks. We have experienced more than 100 aftershocks. That is the residents here are worried. Some are looking for high grounds due to fear of tsunami,” said Surigao del Noret Vice Governor Arturo Egay.
He added that the estimated worth of damaged properties and infrastructure in the province caused by the earthquake has reached P500 million.
These include more than 1,000 houses, 12 school buildings, bridges and roads.
The local government has declared a state of calamity in Surigao City since Saturday to fast-track the distribution of assistance to the victims.
“Firstly, our highways, bridges are affected. One highway connecting Surigao City to the municipality of San Francisco collapsed, meaning to say it is impassable. There are four passable bridges – only one lane and light vehicles only,” said Gov. Egay.
The Surigao City airport runway was also damaged, so no commercial flights can leave or enter the city until its repair.
The damaged runway of Surigao Airport after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Mindanao region.(Photoville International/CERILO EBRANO)
However, according to the vice governor, despite the damaged bridges and roads, there are no isolated areas in the province, and all areas are reachable for assistance coming from the government.
Meanwhile, based on the latest record from the government, death toll has reached eight, while two have been injured in the province due to the earthquake.
“Yesterday, there were two who were severely injured and were transported. So they have been referred to hospitals in Davao City. But, sad to note, they did not survive. It has been reported here that from six, the death toll has reached eight,” said Egay.
The local government is calling on residents to remain calm and strive to live normally again. — UNTV News and Rescue
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.
MANILA, Philippines—A 5.1 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Camarines Norte on Friday morning (February 5).
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake struck around 6:00 a.m. near Tinaga Island.
Intensity 4 was felt in Capalonga, Camarines Norte. Intensity 3 was felt in Gumaca, Mauban and Lopez Quezon. Intensity 2 was recorded in Goa and Naga City, Camarines Sur, and Calauag, Quezon province while Intensity 1 was also felt in Cainta, Rizal.
Three aftershocks were recorded until 8:30 a.m. but no tsunami alert was raised by Phivolcs. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) continues to assess the situation. AAC (with reports from Bryan Baldaraje)
MANILA, Philippines – Sinalakay ng mga armadong kalalakihan ang istasyon ng pulisya at ang bahay ng alkalde ng bayan ng Sison, Surigao del Norte, Huwebes nang umaga.
Ayon sa mga residenteng nakasaksi sa pangyayari, pasado alas-otso nang paulanan ng bala ng mga suspek ang bahay ni Sison Mayor Karissa Fetalvero Paronia at ang istasyon ng lokal na pulisya.
Agad umanong rumesponde ang mga pulis at sundalong malapit sa lugar at nakipagpalitan ng putok sa mga suspek.
Nakuhanan ng video ang pamamaril na sinasabing tumagal ng hanggang 20 minuto.
Wala namang napaulat na nasugatan o nasawi sa panig ng mga otoridad. Hindi pa malinaw sa inisyal na ulat kung nasa bahay si Mayor Paronia nang mangyari ang pag-atake.
“Kaba ang aming nararamdaman sir, nanginginig pa kami at may trauma kasi first time pa namin na experience ang ganyan. Pinadapa kaming lahat dito ng mga pulis at pinapasok kami sa ilalim ng stage,” ang wika ni alyas Jake na siyang kumuha ng video sa gitna ng putukan.
Hinala ng Sison Police, mga miyembro ng New People’s Army ang sumalakay dahil wala naman umanong napapaulat na armadong grupo sa kanilang lugar.
Sa ngayon ay naglagay na ng checkpoints ang mga otoridad sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bayan habang patuloy na tinutugis ang mga salarin. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Raymond Octobre)
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