Town hall, church in Visayas quake epicenter sustain minor damage: official


Posted at Apr 23 2019 03:38 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2019 05:51 PM

The church in quake epicenter San Julian town, Eastern Samar sustained minor damage after a 6.5-magnitude quake shook the Visayas on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Francis Nacario

MANILA - A powerful quake that rattled parts of Visayas Tuesday caused minor damage on the town hall and a church in its epicenter San Julian town in Eastern Samar while authorities have not received reports of injuries, a local official said.

The magnitude 6.5 quake struck 19 kilometers west of San Julian and was felt in different areas of the Visayas and the Caraga and Bicol regions on Tuesday, said Phivolcs. 

"So far, ang municipal building namin ay kaunting crack lang... Medyo may damage din ang simbahan namin, kaya lang hindi naman masyado," San Julian information officer Irene Consultado told ANC. 

(Our municipal building had some cracks. Our church was also damaged but not so much.) 

Bridges in Barangays Pagbabangnan and Casoroy were also damaged, but there were no reports so far of any structure that collapsed, she said. 

Local authorities have also yet to receive any report of anyone hurt because of the temblor, she added.

Tuesday's quake came less than 24 hours after a magnitude 6.1 tremor rattled Luzon, flattening several buildings and leaving at least 15 dead.