Magnitude 6 quake jolts Batuan, Masbate

This photo provided by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Masbate, shows damages at the Magallanes coliseum in Masbate province, central Philippines after an earthquake struck early Thursday Feb. 16, 2023. (City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Masbate via AP)

A magnitude 6 earthquake shook Masbate on Thursday dawn, causing minor damage to some houses and buildings that may prompt the need to check the structural soundness of these structures.

The Office of Civil Defense reported that the quake struck at around 2:10 a.m. with its epicenter located 10 kilometers southwest of the town of Batuan in Masbate, temporarily interrupting power supply in the whole province and in Ticao Island.

The tremor left cracks on the building of the Masbate Provincial Hospital and evacuation of patients in tents pitched in nearby premises.

The provincial government also suspended classes in all levels in the aftermath of the temblor that caused some 100 aftershocks as of this writing.

Image credits: City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Masbate via AP


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