Tremors also felt in NorMin-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
TREMORS were felt in some areas in Northern Mindanao just as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Carmen, Bohol and Cebu province in the Visayas Tuesday morning leaving almost a hundred lives lost and bringing substantial damage to properties.
An Intensity 4 earthquake jolted Cagayan de Oro City early Tuesday morning including Gingoog City with intensity 4; Camiguin Island, 5; Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon, 3, said Marcial Labininay, officer in charge of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Northern Mindanao.
Phivolcs said the quake’s depth of focus is 33 kilometers and tectonic in origin.
As of 12:15 a.m., a total of 93 casualties were reported. Bohol police said 77 casualties have been reported in their province while 15 casualties were reported in Cebu province, and one in Siquijor.
The tremor was experienced in most parts of the city.
Arlene Jasim, a vegetable dealer at the Cogon market, said almost everyone in the market went outside fearing it would collapse.
“Halos tanan nigawas, hadlok kaayo ang linog kay nilihok ang mga baligya apil pwertahan sa stall (Almost everyone went out, we were afraid of the earthquake because the merchandise moved including stall doors),” said Jasim.
Vendors in the interior area of the market had headaches after the earthquake.
Meat dealer Joseph Saballero said the meat being sold were swaying during the earthquake.
“Nalipong pud mi, labad among ulo human sa linog (We felt nauseous after the earthquake),” said Saballero.
He added they also went outside when other vendors started trooping to look for safety, outside the public market.
Spices retailer Nene Flores, whose stall is situated on the second floor of the market, said the entire (Cogon) market moved.
“Kulbaan kaayo mi kai niuyog ang tibuok merkado (We were very afraid because the entire market moved),” said Flores who feared the shaking would intensify.
Flores said she did not move during the earthquake while thinking what she would do next.
A portion of the wall of Cogon market showed horizontal cracks situated randomly.
City Economic Enterprise Department (Ceed) labor foreman Ernest Cruz said staff from the city’s engineering office went earlier to check the structural situation of the market.
Cruz said the engineers estimated the damage was not so grave, but they (engineers) will go back Wednesday to recheck the stability of the market’s structure.
“So far walay problema bisan dugay ang linog (So far, there’s no problem in the market as the earthquake took time),” said Cruz.
Jillian Janulgue, resident of Barangay Bugo said she was still in bed when the shaking started.
“I was still in bed, and when the quake started my sisters and I went outside our house for safety,” said Janulgue, adding that she noticed the electric posts were swaying and the electrical wires were shaking like a strummed guitar.
Julienne Ycaro from Barangay Iponan said via social networking site Facebook that she and her family went outside their house after noticing that their bed was rocking.
“Bago pako kamata, ni-uyog ang bed and we went outside (I just woke up, my bed was shaking, so we went outside),” said Ycaro, adding that she was still disoriented when the earthquake started.
Hannah Pelena who lives in Barangay Patag said that the earthquake woke her up.
“I was still sleeping when the earthquake started and it woke me up,” said Pelena.
Pelena added she did not go outside but stayed in bed while feeling the earth move.
Muslims celebrating the Eid al-Adha paused and went outside the sports center on Velez street right across a hospital
“Nanggawas ang Muslims sa ilang activity,” said Lilibeth Ecal, a crew in an eatery near the city’s sports center.
Ecal said they went outside the eatery fearing the walls might fall on them and that the floor would crack.
Jhona Ignilan from Iligan City said: “we trooped outside our houses to find safety, I was very afraid of the earthquake.”
”Strongest quake ever”
“Mao ang pinakakusog, dugay pagyud (It was the strongest, and it lasted long),” said Ecal referring to the earthquake.
Ecal said the passersby near their eatery paused and chanted “ba!” to halt the shaking.
Chanting “ba!” is said to stop earthquakes according to urban legends.
Giancarlo Emano, a resident of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, said it was the strongest earthquake he experienced in the area.
“My cousin who was standing on the dike fell off because of the intensity of the earthquake,” said Emano.
Didit Moreno from Balingasag, Misamis Oriental who was in the city said her children suffered headaches due to the intensity of the earthquake.
“I texted them and they said that the earthquake in Balingasag was so strong that the aftermath brought them headaches,” said Moreno.
Phivolcs reported an Intensity 7 in Tagbilaran, Bohol; Intensity 6, Inigaran, Negros Occidental; Intensity 5, Iloilo City, La Carlota; Intensity IV, Masbate, Roxas City, San Jose, Culasi, Antique, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental; and Intensity III, Davao City.
Phivolcs, however, declared there would be no tsunami since the tremors hit inland.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 16, 2013.