Aftershocks rise to 153-A A +A
Saturday, September 1, 2012
MANILA (Updated 3:17 p.m.) -- State volcanologists recorded more than a hundred aftershocks following the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that jolted the eastern part of the Visayas and Mindanao Friday night.
A report from the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Saturday stated that the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) have recorded 153 aftershocks as of 8 a.m.
Based on its latest update, the NDRRMC Operations Center reported that it has upgraded from "Blue Alert" to "Red Alert" status.
The earthquake has still only one casualty, identified as Elenita Ubalde, 44, and one injured victim, Adrian Rosales, 5.
Ubalde's home in Barangay Lapasan, Cagayan De Oro City, was buried by a landslide triggered by an Intensity 3 earthquake. Her family was brought to a hospital but she was declared dead on arrival while her grandson, Rosales, is under medical treatment.
The NDRRMC report added that as of Saturday, the San Pedro Bridge in Quinapundan, Eastern Samar, is slightly tilted but is still passable to all types of vehicles while the Buyayawon Bridge in Mercedes, Eastern Samar has only one passable lane.
Road cracks were also reported in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte but all roads and bridges in the said province are passable.
There is currently a power outage in Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte and in the province of Eastern Samar as of 11 a.m., the NDRRMC said.
The NDRRMC also said the quake caused more than P1.4 million in damage in the Eastern Visayas and Caraga regions. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)