Talisay schools' classes cancelled after blasts-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A LOUD explosion in the mountain barangay of Manipis, Talisay City yesterday sent residents into panic and disrupted classes, which have just resumed after a break that was extended to two weeks because of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15.
“Nangangha mi. Abi namo og linog napud (We were shocked. We thought it was another earthquake),” said village chief Pedro Cabiluna to Sun.Star Cebu.
Upon Cabiluna’s request, teachers advised the 300 students of Manipis Elementary School and Manipis National High School to go home.
Talisay City Councilor Danny Caballero, together with the police, went to the Manipis, located about 13 kilometers from the city proper, to investigate the blast.
Caballero said the explosion occurred past 9 a.m. and was followed by another one at 10 p.m. No one was reported injured and no property was damaged, but the explosions frightened residents.
Cabiluna said residents suspect the explosions was caused by dynamite blasts related to mining in Toledo City.
“Makadungog mi sauna mag-blasting sila pero dili ing-ato kakusog (We heard mining blasts in the past but not that loud),” he said.
Mining operations sometimes use dynamite blasting to break rocks.
PO2 Dennis Onasin of the Talisay City Police Station, one of the responding police officers, said they will talk to the management of the mining company to verify if the explosions were caused by their operations.
The Toledo City Police Station called Carmen Copper Corp. to ask about the explosion, but the mining firm denied it.
“Dili man daw sa ila gikan. Wala sila nag-blasting (They did not cause the blast,” said Chief Insp. Michael Anthony Bastes, the city police chief.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 05, 2013.