Powerful deadly earthquake rattles Leyte

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off Jaro, Leyte on Thursday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).1 min

Leyte quake

MANILA, Philippines — Rescuers rushed agitatedly to find people who were trapped in a three-story establishment building that collapsed after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Leyte on Thursday, July 6.

As of last night, at least two individuals had been confirmed killed in the earthquake, one of them in the building that collapsed in Kananga town.

“We were able to retrieve one dead and one wounded,” Leyte Mayor Rowena Codilla told dzBB radio.

Mayor Codilla said she did not know how many more people were inside the collapsed establishment.

The 10-year-old New Town General Merchandise building establishment near the Kananga Municipal Town Hall housed a small hotel on the upper floors and shops on the ground floor, she said, adding there was minor damage elsewhere in the municipality.

Cordilla said the rescue was hindered by aftershocks that continued to jolt down the area and the lack of proper equipment.

Meanwhile, the Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez told dzMM radio that a landslide struck a house and killed a woman. A hundreds more others were injured in the town, with many “traumatized and hysterical,” he said.

The strong quakw caused cracks in a number of buildings and roads in Ormoc City and electricity power was automatically shut off, Gomez said.

The officials said a geothermal plant’s cooling system in the mountains of Tongonan and Kananga has been collapsed. The destruction could mean a long drawn out power outage to all its service areas in Bohol and the rest of the Central Philippines.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has yet to confirm reports of casualties, injuries and damage to infrastructure due to the earthquake.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that the earthquake’s epicenter was traced 13 kilometers southwest of Jaro in Leyte.

Intensity 6 was sensed in Jaro and Kananga while Intensity 5 was documented in Tacloban City, Palo and Ormoc City and Cebu City and Mandaue City in Cebu, Phivolcs said.

Meanwhile, the intensity 4 was felt in Samar, Bohol, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte and other parts of Leyte, the agency said.

President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte assured the local residents affected by the earthquake that the government is doing everything to help them. The President added nobody can foretell disasters like earthquakes. — Velvetiere.com

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