Kidapawan city mayor on earthquake: ‘Parang may dumadaan na pison’

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 09:17 PM | Updated as of Oct 16 2019 09:30 PM

The plaza arch in Kidapawan City lies in ruin as the area was hit with an Intensity 7 earthquake on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Courtesy of Kidapawan city government

MANILA—The Kidapawan city government, which felt the earthquake at Intensity 7, has yet to receive reports of fatalities or damage to property, its mayor said Wednesday.

The magnitude-6.3 quake occurred at 7:37 p.m. approximately 22 kilometers southeast of nearby Tulunan town and had a depth of 15 km.

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"No reports even in the outskirts, so far so good, I hope magpapatuloy," Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista told DZMM.

Evangelista has suspended classes on all levels in the city to assess the structural stability of schools.

The city's gym and convention centers have been opened to evacuees, particularly patients who had to evacuate hospitals.

He also said the city's police force has been alerted as they are currently experiencing a total blackout.

"We're watching for possible, baka may looters na papasok, so naka-mobilize na ang mga kapulisan natin," Evangelista said.

Asked to describe the earthquake, Evangelista said it felt like a road roller was passing by.

" 'Yung yugyog po para bang may dumadaan na pison na roadroller, napakalakas po," he said.

Intensity 7 was also felt in Tulunan and M'lang, both in North Cotabato.