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Phivolcs: More than 350 aftershocks since Friday quake in Visayas

Posted On 2012 Sep 05
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A science research specialist monitors computer data on the recorded earthquake at the Seismology agency office in Quezon City, Metro Manila August 31, 2012. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Sept 3 (Mabuhay) – More than 350 aftershocks have been recorded off Eastern Visayas since a magnitude-7.6 quake rattled the area last Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Monday.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. said that as of 3 a.m. Monday, they had recorded 351 aftershocks, though most of them were relatively weak.

“As of 3 a.m. mga 351 aftershocks (ang na-record natin). Karamihan maliit. Pambihira ang magnitude 5. Pero noong first hour may magnitude 6.8 at 6.4,” he said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He added most of the aftershocks were not felt because they were too far away from land.

Friday’s quake was felt at Intensity VII in Guiuan in Eastern Samar and was also felt in parts of Mindanao.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least one person was killed while more than P12 million in infrastructure was damaged in the wake of the quake.

On the other hand, a separate report by dzBB’s Allan Gatus quoted Phivolcs seismologists as saying the aftershocks can last for weeks.

Be prepared

Meanwhile, Solidum appealed to the public not to let their guard down, saying there is always a possibility other parts of the Philippine Trench may move.

He particularly urged residents to review their preparedness and to make their houses quake-proof.

“May neighboring parts ang Philippine Trench na hindi pa gumagalaw. So ang mensahe natin dapat parating handa,” he said.  (MNS)

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