Masbate quake injures 10, cracks buildings

Ivy Jean Vibar, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 06 2012 08:03 AM | Updated as of Mar 07 2012 10:29 AM

Masbate quake injures 10, cracks buildings 1
MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) - A magnitude 5.2 quake rocked the Bicol region at 7:06 a.m. on Tuesday, injuring at least 10 people and cracking buildings in Masbate City.

Volcanologists said the quake was tectonic in origin and had an epicenter three kilometers north of Masbate. The quake was felt at intensity 6 in Masbate City and intensity 4 in Sorsogon City. Meanwhile, it was felt at intensity 3 in Roxas City and intensity 2 in Legaspi City.

Masbate City Mayor Socrates Tuason said the earthquake caused minor structural damage in structures and toppled at least 1 building.

"Nagcrack ‘yung ibang building," he said in a phone interview. "Mayroong natumba na isa pero luma na, abandoned na."

According to latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 10 people were injured in the quake.

They were identified as:

Rex Davida, 8, foot injury, Barangay Bantiqui Masbate City Cesar Garapal, 31, head injury, Barangay Nursery, Masbate City Jinky Asareas, 16, head injury, Barangay Nursery, Masbate City Leonard Dimitillar, 3, head injury, Barangay Centro Masbate City Christine Dicos, 17, foot injury, Barangay Centro Masbate City Jeho Emilio Antonio, 2, head injury, Barangay Bagumbayan Masbate City Andrew Mortiga, 3, head injury, Brgy. Batuhan, Masbate City John Nor Buungan, 2, head/face injury, Brgy. Bapor, Masbate City Liza Tidon, 32, head injury, Brgy. Batuhan, Masbate City Victoria Dumas,10, Brgy. Batuhan, Masbate City

The quake did not destroy any roads or topple any bridges, Tuason said.

Irvin Perez, a volunteer of the Philippine Red Cross-Masbate chapter, took a picture of a pawnshop in Masbate City that was heavily damaged by the quake. Disaster officials said the Jollibee and ML Lhullier buildings in Masbate were immediately closed for damage assessment.

Masbate Vice Governor Vince Revil, meanwhile, said the quake caused "ripples" in roads in Masbate City. “Umaalon ang mga daan kanina,” he said.

Classes were suspended immediately after the earthquake sparked panic in some schools. He said some students refused to return to their school buildings after the quake.

“As of this morning, walang pasok ang kabataan,” he said. “Medyo may panic na nangyari, lalo na sa paaralan dahil kasalukuyang pumapasok sa schools ang mga bata noong naganap ang lindol.”

Local authorities are currently coordinating with the Philippine National Police and the Army to gather reports from around Masbate, particularly from areas known for mining, as shafts may have collapsed.

Aftershocks

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said a magnitude 3.5 aftershock struck Masbate at 7:13 a.m., seven minutes after the quake. An aftershock of intensity 2 occurred in Roxas City.

Solidum said it was only coincidental that there have been recent quakes occurring close to each other. “The other quakes did not cause the movement of other faults.”

In February, moderately strong earthquakes struck Negros and Eastern Samar, causing some panic among residents.

“These two events were related to movements of faults which are separate. The Masbate earthquake is due to the movement of the Philippine fault zone. In 2003 this fault moved to generate a magnitude 6.3 quake. This event this morning is just north of the epicenter of 2003. We expect that earthquakes will occur along this fault,” Solidum said in a phone interview.

“The important thing for our countrymen to remember is that while large earthquakes do not occur regularly, we must be prepared if strong earthquakes do occur,” Solidum said. With reports from ANC