Sara Duterte suspends classes in Davao until Monday, advises residents not to panic amid aftershocks

Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 31 2019 06:06 PM

DAVAO CITY - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has announced the suspension of classes in the city until Monday, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck parts of Mindanao Thursday. 

"We intend to extend the cancellation until Monday because tomorrow is a holiday, tapos may weekend pa," she said in a press conference.

(We intend to extend the cancelation until Monday because tomorrow is a holiday, and the weekend is coming up.)

Based on the city government's initial assessment, public buildings are safe, while two bridges, including the Bolton link, are under reassessment due to cracks.

"The Bolton bridge is limited to 20 tons because may damage sa diaphragm wall below the bridge, sa downstream side," she said.

(The Bolton bridge is limited to 20 tons because there's damage in its diaphragm wall, near the downstream side.)

Mayor Sara appealed to the public not to panic and to self-inspect their houses and buildings, while expecting possible strong aftershocks.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck past 9 a.m. off Tulunan town, North Cotabato, the same general area of the previous 2 earthquakes. 

A 6.6 and 6.3-magnitude temblor struck Tulunan earlier, sending residents reeling from another series of tremors, nearly two weeks after an earthquake struck the island on Oct. 16, leaving 7 dead and over 60 wounded.