By Aaron Recuenco
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Tuesday afternoon some parts of Eastern Visayas, the tremor occurring less than 24 hours after a strong quake destroyed establishments and infrastructure and left at least 16 people dead in Central Luzon.
Henry Torres, director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Eastern Visayas, said at least four people were reported injured during the quake that occurred past 1 p.m. yesterday.
“One of the injured panicked and he jumped out of an establishment, the three others were hit by falling objects. All are minor injuries,” said Torres.
All of the injured victims were from Catarman, Samar.
Torres said the tremor cut off the power lines in the entire Eastern Visayas region, but power was immediately restored except for Eastern Samar.
He said that all disaster management officers in the entire region were already instructed to conduct assessment in order to determine the extent of the damage.
Based on the initial reports, Torres said some of the establishments and roads sustained cracks. But he was quick to stress that the damage was only minor compared to what happened in Pampanga.
“There are cracks in office buildings and other facilities, and a crack on the road in San Julian, Eastern Samar. But these are all minors and the roads are passable,” he said.
The epicenter of the earthquake was plotted in San Julian town.
Police Brig. Gen Dionardo Carlos, director of the Eastern Visayas regional police, said among those damaged were a church in Northern Samar and the Calbayog City Police office, while minor damage was reported at a fastfood restaurant, also in Calbayog City.