Buildings ordered inspected after earthquake shook Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 April 2016 14:06

The city government is conducting inspection of buildings, both government and private owned, to check the integrity of all structures in this city.

Engr. Luis Vicente Despalo, head of the city engineer’s office, told the Philippines News Agency that the inspection started after an Intensity 6 earthquake shook this city early Thursday.

Despalo said Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar ordered the inspection of all buildings within the five-kilometer radius to ensure all structures are safe for occupancy.

Despalo said the inspection would cover more or less 100 buildings including government offices. The inspection is scheduled to be finished next week.

“So far, there is no alarming damages or defects in the structural stability and soundness of the buildings (we have inspected),” he said citing they are particularly checking the columns and beams of the buildings.

He said they have not also received reports about damages from government entities and owners of private buildings.

“It shows that their buildings were constructed within the plans and specifications,” he added.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) said in its bulletin the tremor occurred at 2:21 a.m. Thursday and the epicenter was traced at 17 kilometers northwest of Baligiuan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The earthquake was also felt in several areas in and outside the Zamboanga Peninsula region. — RGAAG