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Magnitude 5.4 aftershock rocks Leyte

Published July 10, 2017 10:30am Updated July 10, 2017 2:22pm

Still reeling from the quake that hit the island on July 6, Leyte was again rocked by another strong earthquake on Monday, July 10.

PHIVOLCS recorded a 5.4 aftershock at 9:41 a.m.,  which struck some 15 km east of Ormoc City, 6km below the surface.

Such strong aftershocks are to be expected, according to authorities. 

"Yung magnitude 5.4 kanina ay inaasahan po naming mangyari. Lahat po ng aftershock ay lindol. Ang mga lindol, kapag ang pinaggalingan at kasunod niya na malaking earthquake, in the same area, same fault ang kumilos, ay aftershock po yun," PHIVOLCS Dir. Renato Solidum explained in an interview on DZBB.

Solidum, who briefed Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez on this phenomenon on Sunday, said that they are not discounting the possibility of another aftershock of this magnitude.

Since the major quake, over 80 aftershocks were recorded in Leyte alone, according to the PHIVOLCS website as of Monday afternoon.

GMA News' JP Soriano shot a video moments after the quake, with distressed people out on the streets:

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JP Soriano later told radio station dzBB that at least 50 students of the Ormoc City National High School collapsed following the strong aftershock, which was felt at Intensity 6 in the city.

Several ambulances and doctors rushed to the school to attend to the students. No serious injuries were reported.

In wake of Thursday quake

Leyte was hit by a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake last Thursday afternoon, July 6. 

The quake struck 8km southwest of the town of Jaro at a depth of 2km beneath the island. It was felt at Intensity V in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte, and even as far as Cebu City.

PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome Bautista told GMA News' Mel Tiangco last Thursday that the earthquake was due to the movement of the Leyte segment of the Philippine fault.

"Inaasahan na po natin na mangyayari yan kasi napaka-active ng fault na yan," he said.

Casualties from initial quake

Two fatalities were reported, and 41 injured from the quake.

There was also some infrastructure damage, including a collapsed two-storey Queda commercial building in Kananga, Leyte. At least three highways reportedly cracked, but were still passable. — GMA News


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