An early Saturday morning on April 29, 2017 was struck with a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed several houses and buildings and injured many residents in southern Mindanao.
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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) gave a higher reading of 7.2 with the epicenter about 53 km off Mindanao’s south coast, but PHIVOLCS Head Renato Solidum assured that there are no more major damages expected after the quake.
Major institutions affected were a hospital which ran several cracks on its edifice, two government buildings, port, and a house that collapsed which caused a power outage through the region.
A tsunami alert was issued by US authorities at around 4:23am when the quake hit, but it was lifted in less than two hours. However, the earthquake struck a depth of 41 km off Mindanao based on reports from the US Geological Service.
Several witnesses testified to the damage of the quake.
“The floor appeared to rise first before swaying violently from side to side. Then the lights went out,” said Adrian Morallas, who was at work at the civil defense office in General Santos city at the time of the quake.
“I ducked and took cover under my desk in line with our disaster training, though it was very difficult to do that in the dark with the ground shaking,” he added.
Coastal communities were warned and urged to evacuate, however there are no reports yet as to how many did evacuate their areas.
Morallas said two people were injured during the evacuations in the Mindanao coastal towns of Glan and Malapatan.
One person was hit by a falling rock while a pregnant woman hurt herself when she fell.
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