Classes in Ormoc, Albuera suspended after strong quake

Frederick Owens
August 24, 2017

TWO women were reported to have died and minor damage was noted after a magnitude 5.1 quake jolted parts of Leyte yesterday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake's epicenter was five kilometers northeast of Albuera and was recorded to be tectonic in origin.

Myrna Mangle, chairwoman of Barangay Alta Vista in Ormoc City, said a total of 56 hourses were damaged by the quake.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake with tectonic origin, was five kilometres northeast of Albuera town.

Speaking to ANC, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez said authorities are now inspecting buildings in the city to ensure the safety of the people.

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The Ormoc City government has suspended classes in all levels in the city.

Phivolcs recorded intensities of 5 (strong) in Ormoc City; 4 (moderately strong) in Pastrana, Leyte; and 3 (weak) in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte.

The quake struck more than a month after a magnitude 6.5 temblor also jolted Leyte and neighboring provinces in the Visayas in July, killing at least three people, injuring more than 400 others and damaging than 3,000 houses and buildings.

Phivolcs also warned the affected residents to be on alert due to aftershocks because the earthquake's shallow depth of five kilometres.

The tremor struck north of Albuera at 6.26 a.m. local time (2226GMT), affecting the coastal city of Ormoc.

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