No casualties reported yet in Visayas quake epicenter, says mayor

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Posted at Apr 23 2019 05:50 PM

Patients and their relatives were evacuated from the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Visayas on Tuesday afternoon. The quake hit parts of Visayas, with its epicenter in San Julian town, Eastern Samar less than 24 hours after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Luzon on late Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Alren Beronio

MANILA - No casualties have been reported so far in the town of San Julian, Eastern Samar, the epicenter of the powerful earthquake that rattled Visayas Tuesday afternoon.

The magnitude 6.5 quake struck 19 kilometers west of San Julian town and was felt in different areas of the Visayas and the Caraga and Bicol regions on Tuesday, said Phivolcs. 

"Wala pa akong natatanggap na (reported) casualties," San Julian Mayor Dennis Estaron told ANC.

(I have yet to receive reports on casualties.)

Estaron also said there was minor damage in roads and bridges in his municipality, based on an initial inspection.

The cross in the town's century-old church was among those damaged by the earthquake.

"Sa Poblacion po, 'yung simbahan po namin, siguro mga 100 years old na 'yung church namin, 'yung bell tower, 'yung krus sa bell tower, 'yun 'yung natumba. 'Yung cross lang 'yung natumba, nakabitin pa," Estaron said.

(Here in Poblacion, our church, it is around 100 years old, the cross in the bell tower fell. Only the cross fell, it's still hanging.)

Estaron said he would be visiting the town's southern barangays of San Miguel and Bunacan, which are landslide-prone.

Tuesday's quake came less than 24 hours after a magnitude 6.1 tremor rattled Luzon, flattening several buildings and leaving at least 16 dead.