2 Dead, Scores Injured As 7.3 Quake Hits Luzon

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By Fernan Angeles

A SHALLOW but extremely powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook parts of Luzon leaving two persons dead and scores injured, says the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its report hours after the incident.

Speaking before the media, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal could only identify the fatality as “a 25-year old construction worker” who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, as falling debris from the hills on La Trinidad, Benguet pinned him down to death.

No available details for casualty number two, though. As Timbal claimed that such information is still subject for verification. There could be deaths in other areas but these has, so far, been officially reported.

The number of injured persons as of this writing stood at 19 but local officials in the provinces affected by the strong quake they are still locating “missing persons” believed to be buried alive under the rubbles of collapsed structures or by landslides.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that the quake struck 8:43 in the morning (July 27). The agency also warned residents in the affected areas to take precaution even as the government seismic bureau hinted at more aftershocks in the next two to three days.

The social media is also flooded with real time photos of the extent of damages – collapsed buildings, unpassable roads due to landslides, damaged religious and heritage places in the provinces of Abra, Ilocos Sur and Benguet.

PHOTO: Bureau of Fire Protection (La Trinidad Station)
📌 Buyagan, La Trinidad, Benguet

Affected areas have also lost power and communication in view of the incident.

Philvolcs said that while the epicenter of the earthquake is Lagangilang town in Abra, shuddering of the ground was also felt in the following areas:

  • Intensity VII – Bucloc and Manabo, Abra
  • Intensity VI – Vigan City, Sinait, Bantay, San Esteban, Ilocos Sur; Laoac, Pangasinan; Baguio City
  • Intensity V – Magsingal and San Juan, Ilocos Sur, Alaminos City and Labrador, Pangasinan; Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya; Mexico, Pampanga; Concepcion, and Tarlac City, Tarlac; City of Manila; City of Malabon
  • Intensity IV – City of Marikina; Quezon City; City of Pasig; City of Valenzuela; City of Tabuk, Kalinga; Bautista and Malasiqui, Pangasinan; Bayombong and Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya; Guiguinto, Obando, and San Rafael, Bulacan; San Mateo, Rizal
  • Intensity III – Bolinao, Pangasinan; Bulakan, Bulacan; Tanay, Rizal
  • Intensity II – General Trias City, Cavite; Santa Rosa City, Laguna

Affected areas classified under Instrumental Intensities include:

  • Intensity VII – Vigan City
  • Intensity V – Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Peñablanca, Cagayan; Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Sinait, Ilocos Sur; Baguio City
  • Intensity IV – Gonzaga, Cagayan; Baler, Aurora; Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; Ramos, Tarlac; Ilagan, Isabela; Basista, Pangasinan; Claveria, Cagayan; San Jose, Palayan City and Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Madella, Quirino; Tabuk, Kalinga; Santiago City, Isabela
  • Intensity III – Quezon City; Iba, Zambales; Navotas City, Malabon City, Metro Manila; Magalang & Guagua Pampanga; Bolinao, Sison & Infanta, Pangasinan; Bulakan, San Ildefonso, Guiguinto, Plaridel, and Malolos City, Bulacan; Tarlac City, Tarlac
  • Intensity II – Dona Remedios Trinidad, Angat & Santa Maria, Bulacan; Tagaytay City, Cavite; Pasig City Metro Manila; Polillo, Gumaca & Infanta, Quezon
  • Intensity I – Tanay, Taytay, Morong, Antipolo City, Rizal; Marilao, Bulacan; San Juan City, Las Pinas City, Metro Manila; Lucban, Quezon; Subic, Zambales; Mercedes,Camarines Norte; Olongapo City, Zambales; Carmona, Cavite

As this developed, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who initially hinted at personally inspecting the quake-hit areas within the day, called off what could have been his first official visit to a an area in distress in his capacity as President. He said that the local officials can handle the situation.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that a P328-million standby fund will be utilized to help families in the affected provinces.

The earthquake that shuddered huge part of Luzon is deemed as the strong earthquake in years. The Philippines, located in the “Pacific Ring of Fire” is noted for frequent earthquakes. Sometime in October 2013, a similarly strong tremor hit Bohol Island which left around 200 persons dead.

 

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