No major damage in N. Samar quake

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2012 03:46 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2012 07:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar on Friday was also felt strongly in Northern Samar.

Many residents living in coastal areas fled their homes Friday night fearing a tsunami that could be generated by the quake.

Phivolcs placed Northern Samar under tsunami alert level 3 on Friday, which means a possibility of waves of up to 1 meter high.

Waves did not even reach that magnitude and a little past midnight, evacuees began returning to their homes.

A check on the local infrastructure so far revealed very minimal damage with small cracks appearing on already damaged structures such as bridges and seawalls.

However, local authorities are still conducting a survey of the entire province to make up for damage assessment

Engineers from the Department of Public Works and Highways expect a full damage assessment as early as Sunday morning.