A MAGNITUDE 5.9 earthquake on Monday night struck Bukidnon injuring at least six persons and damaging a number of houses and other infrastructures, officials said yesterday.
Police Regional Office 10 director Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan said that as of 12 noon yesterday, they had not received any reports on fatalities or missing persons but listed six as wounded.
The injured were identified as Emilda Acma, 53; Louella Guarin, 54; Christian Taglo, 34;. Aiza Abilay, 32; and Ronna Mae Cainglet, 45; all residents of Camp 1, Maramag town, and Andresa Polon of Bgy. Matambay in Kadingilan municipality who suffered head injuries.
Anduyan said that in Valencia City, the Esther Hospital located on Sayre Highway in Bgy. Lumbo incurred cracks on its walls, prompting the evacuation of patients who were advised to return inside around 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
Other high-rise hospitals, including the Adventist Medical Center and Valencia Medical Hospital, also undertook evacuation although patients and staff members were allowed to return early in the morning.
Two houses also suffered partial damage in Bgy. Tugaya and Bgy. Laligan, the same with the Lumbo, Sinabuagan and Tongan-Tongan Elementary Schools.
In Maramag, cracks were noted in six residential houses, a local gasoline station and the Margarette Hotel.
In Don Carlos municipality, partial damage was reported at the Simbulan and Pahilan hospital buildings.
In Kadingilan municipality, the local police station, a barangay hall, the San Isidro Parish Church, the municipal hall and the office of the Sangguniang Bayan all sustained slight damage.
Six houses in Bgy. Husayan were totally damaged while the Bgy. Kibogtok Health Center was heavily-damaged.
Anduyan said that all roads and bridges in the province remained passable to all types of motor vehicles. He said that no power interruption was reported in the province during the quake.
CLASSES, GOVERNMENT OFFICES SUSPENDED
The official said the quake prompted Valencia City Mayor Azucena Huervas to suspend classes in all levels in the city.
The Don Carlos municipal government also suspended classes at all levels and government offices.
He added that 56 patients of Simbulan Hospital and 106 patients of Pahilan Hospital were temporarily transferred to the municipal gymnasium.
In Kadingilan town, Mayor Gerry Canoy also suspended classes on all levels.
In Maramag, the local government also suspended classes and evacuated 80 families composed of around 400 individuals to a basketball court-turned government shelter.
Anduyan said that nearly 100 local policemen were involved in the ongoing search-rescue-and-relief operations in the province.
4.2 TREMOR JOLTS DAVAO ORIENTAL
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake yesterday afternoon jolted Davao Oriental.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 3 p.m. yesterday, was located at nine kms. northwest of Lupon town.
The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 32 kms.
Intensity 3 was felt in Davao City.
No injury damage to property was reported.