Damaged buildings and fissured roads were seen in Mindanao after the third earthquake, recorded at magnitude 6.5, jolted southern Philippines in a span of two weeks.
Gaisano Grand Koronadal, a mall in South Cotabato, ordered their workers to go home after a part of the mall collapsed. The nearby South Cotabato Provincial Hospital evacuated their patients to improvised tents as the authorities inspected the building after the quake. Lastly, classes in all levels were suspended in Koronadal, Thursday.
Another casualty, Eva’s Hotel in Kidapawan City collapsed after the destructive quake, several more buildings are reported to be monitored following the quake.
While in Digos City, two workers were injured after the store’s ceiling and canopy collapsed. The workers were doing inventory when the quake struck the city. The victims were immediately retrieved and rushed to the hospital.
Adding to the list, nine people were rescued after a building suffered immensely when the quake struck Thursday morning. Authorities reported eight tenants from Ecoland 4000 condominium sustained minor injuries caused by falling debris.
On the other hand, Phivolcs said in a statement, “There is no tsunami threat to the Philippines.” But the agency warned the public of more aftershocks, “Sa ganito po kalaking earthquake, i-expect na po natin na marami tayong mararamdamang aftershocks,’ it added.
Meanwhile, the Malacañang said that it is a “top concern” for the government to issue immediate response efforts following the quake that devastated Mindanao. “The President had directed all agencies and responsible local government units to provide the necessary assistance and immediate relief to those affected,” Salvador Panelo said.