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Published Saturday, July 27, 2019
Eight people were confirmed dead while 60 others were injured when their homes collapsed following a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Itbayat town in Batanes before dawn on Saturday.
Volunteers have been digging through the rubble left when the temblor destroyed houses at dawn, and have retrieved four bodies, according to Josefa Ponce, secretary of the Itbayat municipal council.
The United States Geological Services tracked the epicenter at 3 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat with a depth of 9.1 km below the Earth’s surface.
Residents said they woke up to a jolt that was followed seconds later by the jarring up-and-down movement that sent people scampering for help. Itbayat is currently suffering a power outage likely due to damages affecting underground power lines.
Cracks have been observed at the Itbayat Jorge Abad airport.
Mayor Raul de Savin has been directing recovery and rescue efforts and is convening the disaster risk reduction and management council.
USGS data shows that there has been a build-up of tremors beginning on July 19 with a 4.5 quake 100 km north of Itbayat, and a 4.9 temblor west of Itbayat on July 22.
It says a 4.9 magnitude rocked the islands 106 km east of Basco on July 23 while 4.6 intensity quake was recorded 122 km Southwest of Hengchun in Taiwan.
On Friday afternoon (July 26), Itbayat felt a 4.7 magnitude quake north northeast of Itbayat.
Batanes earthquake Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green
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