Davao City residents told to inspect houses, buildings for damage
All residents of the southern city of Davao should inspect their houses for damage after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolted Mindanao region, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Thursday.
The quake struck around 80 kilometers southwest of central Davao on Wednesday night, leaving at least 4 dead and 60 injured, opening cracks in buildings and knocking power out.
"Sa sobrang lakas ng earthquake kagabi, meron talaga tayong ma-expect na damage sa buildings and infrastructure," Duterte-Carpio told radio DZMM.
"Ngayong araw po, lahat po is mandated to inspect their own establishments and residential facilities para matingnan nila kung mayroong mga crack, in danger of collapse or merong mga electrical connection na gumalaw," she added.
As of 5 a.m., there was no report of fatalities or missing residents in Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte and among the most populous cities in the country, his daughter said.
"It was the most powerful earthquake I have ever experienced," Duterte-Carpio earlier said.
More aftershocks, which could be strong and capable of causing severe damage, may occur, said Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines' seismic agency.
"Aftershocks can happen. Some can be felt most likely in low intensities. But we cannot remove the possibility of similar intensities that can be felt in the epicentral area," he said.
The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes. With a report from Reuters
DZMM, October 17, 2019