Monday, February 6, 2012

Earthquake hits Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental: Update

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Benito Ramos lately confirmed an increase on the number of casualties from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Negros and Cebu.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was caused by a tectonic movement.  The agency also disclosed that they discovered a new fault line across the Visayas and Mindanao areas besides the one spotted in Luzon.

The first identified casualty was a 9-year old kid from the town of Tayasan, Negros Oriental.  At least 11 more fatalities are reported lately but the data has yet to be verified by the local authorities and NDRRMC.

Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Sec. Mario Montejo said several aftershocks have been recorded since the first major quake struck the island.

40 people missing ...

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Ragay Degamo said in an interview that their office so far has recorded 12 casualties while 40 others went missing after a landslide occurred.  Search and rescue operation for the missing people carries on.  The local government has already sent initial relief goods to the evacuees.

NDRRMC also stated four other fatalities in the city of Guihulngan, 2 from Tayasan and 1 from Jimalalud.

Aftershocks continue...

More than 157 aftershocks have been recorded since the first tremor, according to Phivolcs.  Some aftershocks were at high intensity at 5.8, 5.3, 5.0 and 4.5 magnitude.  Residents in the affected locations are advised to stay vigilant.

Read more updates from the Philippine News Daily 

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