Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Earthquake Hits Central Philippines

Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It was a sad Monday in the Philippines when earthquake struck the central island including Cebu and the Negros Island. My friend even from Iloilo experienced the earthquake while riding jeepney. The earthquake was recorded to be of 6.9 magnitude and has taken 13 lives and 40 are still missing.

The earthquake hit around 11:49 AM which triggered landslide in the mountain village of Solongon, La Libertad, Negros Occidental. Rescuers and some foreign and local doctors are in the vicinity but the aid could not be delivered because of damaged roads and bridges. According to reports, a total of nine bridges were damaged in Negros Occidental and four were not passable.

Tsunami alert has been sent as well yesterday for the central islands. Huge waves washed out cottages from a beach resort in La Libertad but no injuries were reported. After shocks were also reported, three from the last time I read it in Facebook.

In 1948, Negros was hit by a 8.2 magnitude earthquake but did not cause massive damage.

For those who wants to extend their donations, please visit the Philippine Red Cross.

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