31 people hurt, 82 houses confirmed destroyed in Bukidnon quake

CABANUAGAN, VALENCIA CITY (Bukidnon News/8 Nov) – Thirty one people were injured and a total of 21 houses were totally destroyed when a 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted the city and the rest of Bukidnon Monday evening.
Sixty-one more houses were partially damaged while at least seven commercial buildings developed cracks because of the strong quake. The count covers only those reported in several upland villages of Brgy. Poblacion.

But estimates of damages are yet to be released by the City Engioneer’s Office, according to Capt. Alejandro Larosa, executive director of the Valencia City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The CDRRMC also reported that in Brgy. Lurugan, the barangay council also reported about 50 houses damaged.
The quake caused a power outage, too, as the National Grid Corporation shut off automatically after the quake.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported that the quake, which started at 5:43 p.m., originated from a depth of one kilometer from the surface, 29 kilometers south of Malaybalay City.
The quake registered Intensity 3 in Malaybalay City and Quezon town of Bukidnon, Intensity 2 in Cagayan de Oro City and Intensity 1 in Camiguin, PHIVOLCS said.

But Phivolcs regional chief Marcial Labininay clarified in a DXDB interview that it was of plate tectonics origin, not volcanic as feared.
The NDRRMC reported that 40 patients were evacuated from the Valencia Sanitarium and Hospital, but reentered the hospital later after city building officials conducted “rapid damage assessment” of the building and found it be “safe for reoccupancy.”
Power was reportedly partially restored by 7:55 p.m., the NDRRMC said.
At the Cabanuangan Elementary School in the Poblacion, classes were suspended the whole day today as cracks were found in classrooms. One classroom actually had a hole at the upper part of the front portion.  There were also minor cracks reported in other schools. The newly constructed Sto Rosario Catholic chapel was not spared with cracks on the pavements, base, and at the elevated altar portion.

Fabio Concha, 73, lamented the damage in his seven fish ponds in Purok 18. Five of the fishponds dried up as cracks drained the water. He said that of the 5,000 or so mostly tilapia stock, he was able to save only 200. The quake damaged his house, too.

Arsenio Alagenio, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, said about 1,100 persons were directly affected by the quake. Of the 30 persons injured, 14 were reportedly confined in different hospitals here.

Juanita Javier, city social welfare and development officer, said they have sent immediate assistance and is dispatching disaster relief after what she called as their first “high damage” quake (Walter I. Balane /Bukidnon News)


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