ILOILO CITY PLACED ‘BLUE STATUS’ AFTER QUAKES
Students of UPV-Miagao in Iloilo campus leave the premises of Tomas Fonacier Building (College of Arts and Sciences) after a quake shook the town around 10:55 am Monday. (F. A. Angelo photo)
ILOILO CITY was placed under blue status after the series of earthquakes that hit Guimaras, Antique and Guimbal and Leon in Iloilo on Nov 5, 2018.
According to records of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Intensities III and IV were felt in Iloilo City.
Majority of the quakes had epicenters in Leon, Iloilo and Guimaras Island.
Aside from activating the Disaster Command Center, Mayor Jose Espinosa III said he directed all the departments to be on full alert.
“We are on blue alert, and continuously monitoring the situation,” said Espinosa.
Classes both in public and private schools were also suspended. Work at the Iloilo City Hall was also halted for the rest of Monday.
Initial findings of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) reported minor cracks in Baluarte Elementary School while reported damages in Mandurriao National High School, Juntado Elementary School, Lapaz National High School, and Fort San Pedro National High School have yet to be validated.
CDRRMO head Donna Magno said the series of earthquake are tectonic in origin but not “tsunamigenic” or tsunami generators.
The CDRRMO added that earthquakes are primarily generated by the West Panay Fault which transects the municipalities of Alimodian, Igbaras, Januiay, Lambunao, Miagao, San Joaquin, Tubungan, Maasin, and Calinog.