TWO persons died and 56 houses were damaged in Ormoc City after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Leyte province early Wednesday morning, August 23.
The quake, whose epicenter was located five kilometers northeast of Albuera, Leyte, struck at 6:26 a.m. Wednesday, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
Ormoc City Police Deputy Director for Operations Superintendent Elma delos Santos said that confirmed dead were Maria Contreras Colasito, 51, from Barangay Naungan, and Rosita Baloro, 70, of Barangay San Jose.
He said Colasito fell on the ground and got unconscious while trying to run outside the house during the quake, while Baloro died due to heart attack.
Both were declared dead upon arrival in the hospital.
In Altavista village in Ormoc City, 56 houoses were slightly damaged, said the Philippine National Police.
The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) also confirmed reports of damaged buildings in other areas, but they are still consolidating reports as of Wednesday noon.
“The earthquake was felt most in Ormoc. We are awaiting official reports on casualties if any,” said OCD Eastern Visayas Regional Director Edgar Posadas.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson Romina Marasigan said they are still checking on the other effects of the earthquake, which was felt strongest in Ormoc City at Intensity 5.
Classes in all levels were also suspended in Ormoc City following the tremor.