3 injured, 4 Zambo houses damaged in dawn quake PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 April 2016 15:08

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

At least three people were injured and four houses slightly damaged after a magnitude 6 earthquake rattled Zamboanga Peninsula at dawn Thursday.

In statement, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake’s epicenter was traced 19 kilometers northwest of Baliguian town, Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga City residents woke to strong shaking of houses and buildings.

Terrified guests at a downtown hotel rushed out of the building fearing it might collapse.

Chief Insp. Hingming Ladjaali, police substation chief, said the wall of a house in the west coast village of Sinunuc collapsed injuring Arsena Natividad, 56; her son Raymond Natividad, 23; and her granddaughter Juliana, 13.

“I was scared and I grabbed Baby Jewel and rushed out of the bedroom,” recalled Lynlyn Ganding of the tremor that lasted 30 seconds.

Phivolcs said under Intensity 6, ‘’many people are frightened; many rua outdoors. Some people lose their balance. Motorists feel like driving in flat tires. Heavy objects or furniture  move or may be shifted. Small church bells may ring. Wall plaster may crack.”

‘’Very old or poorly built houses and man-made structures are slightly damaged though well-built structures are not affected. Limited rockfalls and rolling boulders occur in hilly to mountainous areas and escarpments. Trees are noticeably shaken,” Phivolcs reported.

The quake, caused by a movement in the earth’s crust, struck at a depth of 16 kilometers.

The City Government is conducting monitoring activities to ensure the safety of residents.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), as part of its overall response to the earthquake, is on alert and conducting monitoring sweeps, specifically in coastal areas in the City, as a precautionary measure for possible aftershocks.

According to the CDRRMO, the magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the City at around 2:22 am on April 14. The local government immediately mobilized its emergency response through the CDRRMO and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

As of press time, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has issued earthquake Information no. 5 which has placed the earthquake location at Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte with a magnitude of 6.

The reported intensity for Zamboanga City is set at Intensity VI. Aftershocks are expected to occur.

The local government has earlier issued a public advisory urging all residents to remain calm and alert for possible aftershocks, and tasking barangay officials to initiate coastal watch alertness. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)

The following intensities were felt:

Intensity VI (very strong) - Zamboanga City

Intensity V (strong) - Baliguian and Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte

Intensity IV (moderately strong) - Gutalac, Ipil, Labason and Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte; Titay, Zamboanga

Sibugay; Isabela City, Basilan; Pagadian City

Intensity III (weak) - Salug and Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte

Intensity II (slightly felt) - Dipolog City; Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental; Dapitan City; Sibulan, Negros

Oriental; Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Intensity I (slightly perceptible) - Lazi, Siquijor

Coastal villages were also monitored by village officials for tsunami, there was no alert issued.

Zamboanga Peninsula and many parts of southern Philippines  had already experienced a very strong 8 magnitude quake in 1976 that killed more than 5,000 people from collapsed houses and buildings and tsunami that swept away houses in coastal villages of Pagadian City. — With report from Jasmine Mohammadsali