Number of injured in Batanes quakes has reached 100, says governor


Posted at Jul 27 2019 10:00 PM | Updated as of Jul 27 2019 11:49 PM

One of those injured in the Batanes earthquake on Saturday is scheduled to be airlifted to the provincial capital town of Basco. Courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

MANILA—The number of residents who were injured after a pair of moderately strong earthquakes hit Itbayat town, Batanes, on Saturday is now at 100, the provincial governor said.

The death toll remained at 8 at the time this story was posted.

Asked if she will declare a state of calamity in the province, Gov. Marilou Cayco said she is "considering" it.

"Tingnan muna namin . . . How far 'yung nasira, 'yung napinsala doon. Then saka kami mag-meeting, para mag-declare kami ng state of calamity," Cayco told ANC.

(We'll see what the extent of the damage is, then we'll sit down and see whether we'll declare a state of calamity.)

Two earthquakes in the magnitude-5 range hit the northern islands on the same day. The first one registered at 5.4 struck at 4:16 a.m. at a depth of 12 km northeast of Itbayat town.

Three hours later, a second one at magnitude-5.9 struck at about 19 km off Itbayat.

Several aftershocks followed, the Phivolcs said, but were mostly inconsequential.