At least 10 people, including children, were injured and several buildings were damaged when a 5.2-magnitude earthquake shook Masbate early Tuesday, police said.
Injured were Rex Devida, 8; Cesar Garapan, 31; Jinky Azares, 16; Leonard Dimetellar, 3; Jeho Emilio Antonio, 2; Christine Decos, 17; Liza Tidon, 34; Victoria Dumas, 10; Andrew Mortega, 3; Jamnor Boungan, 2.
All 10 suffered head and foot injuries caused by falling parts of structures in Brgys. Bantique, Nursery, Centro, Bagumbayan, Tugbo, Batuhan, and Bapor of Masbate City, which experienced Intensity 6 of the quake, Senior Supt. Heriberto Olitoquit said in his report.
Shortly after the 7:06 a.m. quake, classes in all levels in Masbate City were temporarily suspended by city school division superintendent, Olitoquit said.
Several structures, including the city hall’s concrete fence, three schools, a Jollibee outlet, an M.Lhuiller pawnshop branch, and the provincial police headquarters, suffered damages amounting to almost P1 million, he said.
Roads, power lines, and communication facilities were not affected, but electricity in some parts of the city were temporarily shut, he said.
The quake was also felt in different areas of Bicol at different intensities. Sorsogon experienced Intensity 4, which caused vases and figurines to fall, Supt. Renato Bataller, regional police spokesman, said in a phone interview. (John Roson)
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