Classes in Ormoc, Albuera suspended after strong quake

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 23, 2017

TWO persons were killed while scores of others were injured after a moderately strong quake shook some parts of Leyte on Wednesday morning, police and local disaster officials reported.

In Manila, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, through its spokesman Mina Marasigan, said it was still validating reports of casualties and was collating the damage out of the quake as of news time.

The quake's epicenter was located just northeast of Albuera, Leyte, with a depth of focus at just 5 kilometers below ground, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in its bulletin.

Supt. Elma delos Santos, Ormoc City police deputy director for operations, identified the fatalities as Maria Colasito, 51, of Barangay Naungan, and Rosita Baloro, 70, from Barangay San Jose. "I was informed one reported casualty was indirectly related", Marasigan added.

Posadas said based on initial reports they got, some buildings, including hotels, yielded cracks.

Meanwhile, Albuera officials also suspended classes from elementary to high school following the strong quake.

Intensity V was felt in Ormoc City and Albuera town; Intensity IV in Pastrana town; and Intensity III in Palo and Tacloban City, the agency said.

Last month, a magnitude 6.5 quake rocked Ormoc and other parts of Leyte causing damage to various infrastructure.

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