Magnitude 6.5 quake leads to casualties, power outages in Visayas

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A magnitude-6.5 earthquake that struck Leyte on July 6 damaged buildings and roads, as well as caused landslides.

(CNN Philippines, July 6) — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit eight kilometers west of Jaro, Leyte at 4:03 p.m Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said, as local officials reported casualties and damage to infrastructure.

Ormoc, Leyte Mayor Richard Gomez said one person died from a landslide in an upland barangay.

Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla said there were deaths while others were injured in Kananga, Leyte from the collapse of the two-storey shopping center Queda Building with an undetermined number of people inside.

He added search and rescue operations are under way.

According to the local police, one was killed in the collapsed building, identified as Jerry Medevilla. Six people were still trapped under the rubble, the police said.


The following intensities were recorded:

  • Intensity V - Tacloban City; Palo, Leyte; Cebu City
  • Intensity IV - Tolosa, Leyte; Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Burgos, Surigao del Norte
  • Intensity III - Bogo City, Cebu; Calatrava, Negros Occidental
  • Intensity II - Libjo, San Jose, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands
  • Intensity I - Roxas City; La Carlota City, Negros Occidental

Power outage was also reported in some parts of the Visayas.

In an advisory, power distributor Visayan Electric Co. (VECO) said it gets supply from three power generators in Leyte, namely, Green Core Geothermal, Aboitiz Energy Solutions, and Vivant Energy Corp.

"We will wait for further developments from Leyte and if the power supply will not stabilize, we will have to resort to rotational brownouts in the VECO franchise area," it said.

Reports confirm power is out in Bohol and Tacloban City. Classes in Ormoc City have also been suspended for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte offered sympathy to those affected, saying, "We are doing everything we can. The military is doing its utmost."

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella also assured the public of government's support.

"We ask our people, especially residents of affected areas, to stay calm and yet remain alert and vigilant for aftershocks as we assure them of immediate assistance by the government," Abella said.