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Two men jump from Ormoc hotel's 2nd floor during 'very strong' aftershock

Published July 10, 2017 1:39pm Two men panicked and jumped from a hotel's second floor after Ormoc City was struck by a strong aftershock on Monday morning.

Superintendent Ma. Elma delos Santos, spokesperson of the Ormoc City police, said the two men were staying at Pongos Hotel along Bonifacio Street when a magnitude-5.4 aftershock struck the city.

Delos Santos identified the jumpers as Alexander Balang, 45 and Edgar Tabaco, residents of Baesa, Quezon City.

She said the two men "jumped out from the second floor of [Pongos Hotel] due to panic caused by the recent earthquake that struck Ormoc City."

The victims were rushed by a Philippine Red Cross ambulance to the Ormoc Doctor's Hospital. Luckily, they only suffered minor injuries.

The magnitude-5.4 aftershock was felt at Intensity 6 in the city.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology's Earthquake Intensity Scale, an Intensity 6 shaker is "very strong."

Many people are frightened; many run outdoors. Some people lose their balance. motorists feel like driving in flat tires. Heavy objects or furniture move or may be shifted. Small church bells may ring. Wall plaster may crack. Very old or poorly built houses and man-made structures are slightly damaged though well-built structures are not affected. Limited rockfalls and rolling boulders occur in hilly to mountainous areas and escarpments. Trees are noticeably shaken.

In an earlier report by GMA News' JP Soriano, at least 50 students of the Ormoc National High School passed out during the aftershock.

Soriano reported that majority of those who collapsed were at the school building's second floor. —ALG/KVD, GMA News


SOURCE: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/617492/two-men-jump-from-ormoc-hotel-s-2nd-floor-during-very-strong-aftershock/story/

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