At least 16 people were injured while several houses and a hospital were damaged when a 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bukidnon on Monday afternoon, officials said Tuesday.
A city-wide power outage was also experienced in Valencia City, where the quake’s strongest intensity was felt.
Three people – identified as Marife Caseres, 35, her son Gerald, 3, and Daisy Suarez, 29 – are being treated at the Abella Hospital in Valencia City for injuries sustained when their houses partially collapsed, Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said.
Ana Cañeda, acting director of OCD-10, said 10 people are still being treated in two hospitals as of Tuesday noon while six were allowed to go home after undergoing medication.
The temblor, which was tectonic in origin, struck around 5:43 p.m., according to the Philippine Institue of Volcanology and Seismology.
Intensity 5 was felt in Valencia City, followed by Intensity 4 in Malaybalay City, Intensity 3 in Quezon, Libuna, and Manolo Fortich towns, Intensity 2 in Cagayan de Oro City, and Intensity 1 in Hibok-Hibok and Camiguin, the agency said in a report on its website.
The shaking prompted officials and workers at the Sanitarium Hospital in Valencia City to evacuate the 40 patients to the hospital grounds, Cañeda said.
“Sabi ng mga pasyente, talagang nag-sway ‘yung building,” she said.
City building inspectors found “minor cracks” at the hospital, but later decided that the building was still safe so the patients were brought back inside. At least nine houses were also damaged, Cañeda said.
In a phone interview Monday night, Army 4th Infantry Division spokesman Maj. Eugenio Osias said power outages were also experienced in Valencia City and other towns of Bukidnon after the quake. (John Roson)
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