Series of earthquakes felt in different parts of E. Visayas yesterday
TACLOBAN CITY-Series of earthquakes were felt in this city and several parts of Eastern Visayas yesterday with no major damage reported.
However, the tremors that occurred in the afternoon have resulted for the suspension of classes, both in the elementary and high school and closure of several business establishments in Tacloban.
Tacloban felt the tremor at intensity 4 based on the records of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) whose local station is located in Palo town, Leyte.
The first quake was felt at around 12:26 p.m., followed at 12:30 p.m. with the last tremor occurring at 12:39 p.m. All these quakes, which were tectonic in origin, were centered in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
In the morning of that day, a tremor with intensity two occurred in San Julian, Eastern Samar at around 4:30 a.m., Bobby Cañete of the Philvocs said.
And in the afternoon, a series of tremors were felt in Tacloban and several parts of Eastern Samar and Leyte.
The first tremor was recorded with an intensity of 4.3 with the second quake with an intensity of 5.0 and another quake with an intensity of 4.6.
Aside from Tacloban, the quakes were felt in the towns of San Policarpo, Mercedes, Oras, all in Eastern Samar and Pastrana in Leyte.
The series of tremors have resulted for the suspension of classes in the elementary and secondary schools as well as closure of business establishments in Tacloban.
At the Santo Niño Sped Center, officer-in-charge school principal Sonia Palanas suspended the classes after the second tremor occurred.
The school has over 800 students, several of them seen crying and panicking. Teacher Cristina Gallano said that pupils were asked to leave their classrooms right away.
Those who were waiting for their parents or guardians to pick them up were told to stay at the school grounds. “We cannot compromise the safety of our children,” she said.
Customers and personnel at the Gaisano and the 578 shopping malls shove their way out due to panic.
Carlo Cabaguing, a worker of the 578 Emporium, said that a woman was hurt while she was making her way out at the escalator. (JOEY A. GABIETA)
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