Strong quake damages properties in Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Several properties were damaged as a magnitude 6 earthquake jolted Lanao del Sur on Wednesday morning, April 12.

Initial reports from the local governments of Wao in Lanao del Sur and Kalilangan in Bukidnon said residential structures and public buildings were damaged by the tremor that struck around 5:21 a.m., Wednesday.

One person was reported injured in the incident.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) first reported the earthquake’s epicenter in Kalilangan but later changed it to Wao.

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Wao Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office Chief Francis Garcia said that based on their initial assessment, about 30 houses were damaged in the villages of West Kili-kili, Extension Poblacion, Serran, Panang, and Balatin.

In Panang, two mosques were damaged while a portion of the national highway had slight cracks.

The walls of some buildings at Kili-kili National High School also cracked due to the quake, which Phivolcs said was of tectonic origin.

Panang barangay chairman Arsenio delos Reyes said 40-year-old Jorie Sagon was slightly wounded when a hollow block fell on her right foot.

Garcia said the people went back to their homes after the earthquake, except for the families living in four houses made of light materials, who temporarily sought shelter at their relatives.

In Kalilangan, the Municipal Government building was damaged.

Jennie Tamano, Lanao del Sur provincial information officer, said the quake also caused power outages across the province. Electricity was restored later in the morning.

Tamano said patients in the upper floor of a still unnamed hospital were evacuated to the ground floor when the tremor started. (PNA)

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