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Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Hits Leyte; 2 Injured

Leyte Earthquake

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck parts of Leyte on Friday night, leaving two people injured and causing residents in coastal areas to evacuate as a precaution.

Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Injuries and Impact

A 26-year-old pregnant woman fainted and fell from a flight of stairs. A 27-year-old woman jumped from the second floor of a store, according to a report from the Dulag Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).The pregnant woman was taken to a rural health center for treatment.

Even though no tsunami alert issued, residents evacuated to higher ground in nine coastal barangays in Dulag. These barangays included San Jose, San Rafael, and Luan. MDRRMO officer Leah Maasin said that they permitted people to return to their homes at 7:30 p.m.

Epicenter and Intensity

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the quake’s epicenter was 39 kilometers northeast of Abuyog. They initially recorded it as a magnitude 6.0. Abuyog felt the shaking at Intensity 6, classified as “very strong.”

The earthquake was felt at Intensity 5 or “strong” in Burauen, Dulag, La Paz, MacArthur, and Mahaplag, among other areas in Leyte and Southern Leyte. Jagna, Bohol, and several towns in Eastern Samar felt it at Intensity 4, or “moderately strong.”

Phivolcs stated that they expected damage and aftershocks following the quake. Local authorities advise residents to stay alert for potential aftershocks and to follow safety protocols.

Read Also: Phivolcs Warns of Continued Seismic Activity in Mindanao Following Recent Strong Quakes

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