A MAGNITUDE 5.5 earthquake yesterday struck Leyte province, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
The quake, which was tectonic in origin and had a depth of nine kilometers, was felt at 5:19 a.m. yesterday. Its epicenter was located at Capoocan town.
Intensity 5 was felt in Leyte, Kananga, Capoocan, and Pastrana, Leyte; and in Tacloban City and Ormoc City.
Intensity 4 was recorded in Palo, Dulag, Babatngon, Alang-alang and Palompon, Leyte; Mandaue City and Cebu City; and Naval, Biliran while intensity 3 was felt in Lapu-Lapu City and Lawaan, Eastern Samar.
Bago City in Negros Occidental reported an intensity 2 while Masbate and Roxas City reported an intensity 1.
Phivolcs said aftershocks and damage are expected.
CLASSES SUSPENDED IN 2 TOWNS
The towns of Capoocan and Carigara both in Leyte that were hit by the quake yesterday suspended classes in all levels.
The Capoocan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said the suspension of classes were to allow authorities to conduct structural inspection of school buildings.
Yesterday’s quake reportedly damaged schools and other buildings.
In Biliran, ceilings of classrooms of Biliran Science High School collapsed while its walls sustained minor cracks.
In Ormoc City, the Saint Peter’s College also suspended classes at all levels.
Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said the quake was triggered by a movement along the Philippine Fault, which covers the whole Leyte Island.