TACLOBAN CITY -- At least 10 people have so far been reported injured during the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that rocked Eastern Samar and nearby provinces in the Eastern Visayas region on Tuesday.
Initial reports from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) released Wednesday disclosed that those hurt are from Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar provinces.
No death related to the earthquake has been reported.
Meanwhile, minor cracks were seen in 35 government office buildings, schools, road sections and bridges in the region, according to OCD.
The agency is still waiting for additional reports from local government units in the region affected by the tremor.
In a report from San Julian, Eastern Samar, the location of the earthquake’s epicenter, there were damages on roads and bridges, masonry cracks and slight structural cracks in public school buildings and rural health units. Two houses were reported to be severely damaged.
The town’s church also sustained cracks during the earthquake.
Tacloban City disaster risk reduction and management council chief, Ildebrando Bernadas, said they will continue checking the structural integrity of buildings affected by the earthquake to ensure public safety.
In their initial assessment, most of the city buildings were found to have suffered minor damages, such as cracks and broken glass walls.
“As a whole, Tacloban City is safe but we do not discount the possibility of delayed impact until the 24-hour period is over,” Bernadas said.
“Let us be watchful, let us be vigilant, let us be safe and pray that nothing else will happen,” he added.
The magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Eastern Samar at 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
The quake of tectonic origin, with a depth of 17 km., struck 19 km. northwest of the coastal town of San Julian, located 163 km. northeast of Tacloban. (PNA)
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