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Phivolcs records 53 aftershocks following magnitude 5.6 quake in NoCot

Local News • 09:30 AM Wed Jul 10, 2019
Edwin O. Fernandez
Patients at Kidapawan Doctors' Hospital were rushed outside following the quake. (Photos by Ester Roque)

KIDAPAWAN CITY  – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded 53 aftershocks following the 8:36 p.m. first tremor traced 15 kilometers west of Makilala, North Cotabato. The latest was felt at 8:56 a.m. with a magnitude of 4.9.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista has ordered the suspension of office works after cracks were found at the building.  Assessment of the building was going on.

Disaster officials here have suspended classes in all levels, both private and public schools, and in the towns of Antipas and Makilala following a magnitude 5.6 earthquake Tuesday night that was tectonic in origin.

“Classes were suspended to ensure safety of pupils while disaster officials and public works engineers inspect damages in school buildings,” Psalmer Bernalte, Kidapawan City disaster chief, said in a statement.

In Tulunan, classes were suspended only this morning.

Phivolcs said of the 53, a magnitude 4.8 tremor was the second strongest after the first tremor traced to the Makilala-Tulunan fault line.

In Kidapawan City, patients of Kidapawan Doctors Hospital were rushed by their watchers and relatives out of the building that also created commotion.

Bernalte said the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) is now conducting damage assessment in all schools in Kidapawan City “to ensure safety before allowing any student to come to the class.”

Parents and teachers of Ilian Elementary School in Barangay Ilian Magpet, Cotabato province have turned to social media asking Magpet Mayor Toto Gonzaga to declare suspension of classes as aftershocks continue to hit Cotabato province.

Pupils and teachers rushed to the open field of Iligan Elementary School when a magnitude 4.9 quake struck at 8:56 a.m. traced 11 kilometers west of Makilala, Cotabato province.

It was one of the 53 aftershocks recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) following the Magnitude 5.6 tremor that hit the province at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday.

“Mayor Gonzaga i-suspend na intawon ang among klase, pwerteng rattle sa mga bata pababa sa building (Mayor Gonzaga please suspend classes now, the children were terribly rattled as the ran out of the building),” Jing Lobaton posted on her facebook at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Gonzaga has not suspended classes as of 9:30 a.m.

Barangay Ilian is within the 10 kilometer radius of the country’s highest peak – Mt. Apo. (Edwin O. Fernandez)

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