Powerful Magnitude 5.4 aftershocks hits Leyte

Aftershocks cause panic

Residents in Leyte and nearby provinces went on panic after several aftershocks following the magnitude 6.5 quake hit the province last Thursday. This aftershock is unbelievable as its magnitude reach to 5.4 Richter’s scale Monday morning.

The powerful shake claimed 2 lives and properties in the central islands of Leyte.

People run away from their homes in Ormoc city fearing to be trapped inside their homes. Children cried while hugging their mother. The incident create trauma and fear to the elders. A lot of people run to the nearest evacuation centers.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said that the epicenter is at 9 kilometers southeast of Ormoc City.

Among the cities where great shake felt are Ormoc City with intensity 6; Kanagan intensity 5; Mayorga, Tacloban city, and Mandaue city with intensity 4; Loay and Jagna in Bohol and Cebu city felt intensity 3. The shake reached Lapu-Lapu city in Cebu, and in Cadiz city, Negros Oriental with intensity 2.

The authorities are still monitoring the situation as more aftershocks are expected to come at any time.

Roads cracked and many buildings collapsed leaving thousands of them partially damaged and 700 completely ruined, early report said.

“We are currently assessing barangays with landslide threat as a result of tension cracks formed during shaking,” Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. said.

The strongest magnitude felt in Jaro and Kananga at Intensity 6, caused several structures to crack and collapse also cut power in the nearby town.

One man from Kananga was reported killed after a three-storey building was toppled down. A falling debris in Ormoc city also fall on to the 18-year old woman and killed her. The residents are worried about their shelter as many homes collapsed.

So far two are confirmed dead while 200 are injured. Philvolcs records 500 plus aftershocks.

Source: ABS-CBN

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