By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – City Mayor Joseph Evangelista has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels both in private and government-owned schools after the city experienced another strong earthquake, around 903 a.m., today, Thursday.
The classes’ suspension was announced through a text message to all media outlets here by the city LGU’s chief information officer, Attorney Jose Paolo Evangelista.
Evangelista ordered that even work in the city hall to be suspended due to the 4.5 magnitude quake.
The city hall, according to reports, remains to be one of the many government structures that incurred damages after series of strong earthquakes in October last year.
In fact, the mayor said the city LGU is already planning to construct a one-storey hall somewhere in Barangay Magysaysay here.
The mayor, however, did not give specific timeline as to when the project would push through.
Also, state-owned schools like Kidapawan City National High School, Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School, and more than a hundred schools here, suffered cracks in their walls, beams, and columns — both major and minor, after the ground shaking.
The 4.5 magnitude quake’s epicenter was at 14 kilometers north-west of Makilala, Cotabato and has a depth of two kilometers. The earthquake was tectonic in origin, the Phivolcs said.
The Phivolcs reported that an intensity 5 was felt in Kidapawan City and in Tulunan, North Cotabato.
Also, “instrumental intensity” 4 was felt in Kidapawan City; instrumental intensity 3 in Malungon, Sarangani; instrumental intensity 2 in Koronadal City and in Tupi, South Cotabato; and instrumental intensity 1 in Alabel, Sarangani.
The Phivolcs explained that an “instrumental intensity” is the frequency-dependent spectrum based on seismic intensity, and is calculated basically from the integration of the square values of spectral acceleration ordinates.
It also explained that an “intensity” is a number, which is written as a Roman numeral, that describes the severity of an earthquake in terms of its effects on the earth’s surface and on humans and their structures.
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