West­ern Visayas rocked by three quakes

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Front Page - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Parts of the West­ern Visayas, in­clud­ing Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, were rocked by three earthquakes yes­ter­day morn­ing, re­sult­ing in the evac­u­a­tion of build­ings and sus­pen­sion of classes in some parts of the re­gion.

The Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy (Phivolcs) said the ini­tial tremor, a mag­ni­tude 4.7, was re­ported around 7:49 a.m.

The ini­tial quake was epi­cen­tered eight kilo­me­ters east of San Jose de Bue­nav­ista, An­tique, with an In­ten­sity III felt in Iloilo City. Such an in­ten­sity con­sid­ered “weak,” where it is felt by those in­doors, es­pe­cially on the up­per floors of build­ings

A minute later, a sec­ond tremor struck two kilo­me­ters north of Si­bunag, Guimaras with a mag­ni­tude of 4.0 and con­sid­ered an In­ten­sity IV in Iloilo City, which is de­scribed as “mod­er­ately strong” with vi­bra­tions sim­i­lar to the pass­ing of a heavy truck.

The third earth­quake mea­sured a mag­ni­tude of 4.8 and struck 12 kilo­me­ters north­west of Guim­bal, Iloilo at 10:54 a.m. An In­ten­sity IV was again felt in Iloilo City, along with San Jose de Bue­nav­ista. An In­ten­sity III was ex­pe­ri­enced in Roxas City, Capiz and Beli­son, An­tique; while an In­ten­sity II was re­ported in Cadiz City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and Cebu City.

The quakes forced peo­ple to evac­u­ate build­ings.

In Ba­colod City, con­struc­tion work­ers at the Ay­ala Capi­tol Mall were or­dered to evac­u­ate, along with em­ploy­ees at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions of­fice along San Juan Street. Work in city later re­sumed af­ter an all clear was given.

In Iloilo City, pa­tients at the Qual­iMed Hos­pi­tal in the Man­dur­riao dis­trict and stu­dents at the Iloilo Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Univer­sity in Baro­tac Nuevo were also forced out of build­ings due to the strong tremor.

The mass evac­u­a­tion of build­ings in Iloilo City also cre­ated traf­fic jams in some parts of the city.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, pro­vin­cial and city gov­ern­ments in Iloilo sus­pended work and classes at all lev­els yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view, Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Raul Ba­nias said en­gi­neers will con­duct a struc­tural ex­am­i­na­tion of the Iloilo Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol.

He also con­firmed, sev­eral towns re­ported dam­age caused by the quake, although no ca­su­al­ties were re­ported.

Phivolcs, mean­while, stated they are not ex­pect­ing any af­ter­shocks from the three earthquakes. How­ever, as of press time, they have recorded six more mi­nor tremors with mag­ni­tudes rang­ing from 1.8 to 2.5, all epi­cen­tered in Leon, Iloilo./

(RMN DYHB-Ba­colod photo)

The earth­quake was also felt in Ba­colod City, where con­struc­tion work­ers at the Ay­ala Capi­tol Mall were or­dered to evac­u­ate.

(Guim­bal Coun­cilor Fran­cis Basco photo)

Three earthquakes yes­ter­day morn­ing forced the evac­u­a­tion of build­ings and sus­pen­sion of classes in some parts of the re­gion.

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