Philippines: Earthquakes - Jul 2017
On 6 July 2017, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines. The earthquake had a depth of 6.49 kilometres; it had an epicentre located three kilometres north-northeast of Masarayao, Leyte. An estimated 371,680 people live within 15 kilometres of the epicentre. (WFP, 06 Jul 2017)
As of 7 July, there were 72 injured people in Kananga, Ormoc City and Carigara, while a landslide was also reported in Jaro, Leyte following the earthquake. The national, regional and provincial authorities have conducted assessments and provided assistance, including search and rescue and emergency medical aid. Provincial authorities are leading the earthquake response with support from national agencies. The response to the earthquake is well within the capacity of the Government of the Philippines. (ASEAN, 07 Jul 2017)
As of 19 July, nearly 1,000 aftershocks have been occurred, including several over 4.0 in magnitude and a 5.8-magnitude quake on 10 July. Three deaths and 448 injuries have been reported. (OCHA, 19 Jul 2017)
As of 29 July, a total of 4,130 families or 16,052 persons have reportedly been affected in 27 barangays in the Province of Leyte (Region VIII) of which 2,070 families/8,439 persons are being served in 20 evacuation centers. While, 1,954 families/7,426 persons are currently staying outside the ECs with either their family or friends. (Gov't Philippines, 29 Jul 2017)
Providing safe and potable water is an utmost concern in disaster affected areas. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) immediately conducted Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) operations to provide clean and safe access of water to the effected families of Ormoc in Leyte, after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook the province on July 6, 2017.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo today flew to Ormoc City, Leyte to monitor the ongoing relief operations of the Department for the families affected by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the province on July 9.
l. SITUATION OVERVIEW
o An earthquake with Magnitude 6.5 occurred in Ormoc City, Leyte. Further details below: (see the attached PDF)
o As of 12:00 AM, 11 July 2017, a total of 796 aftershocks (ranging from magnitude 1.5 to 5.8) were recorded by DOST-PHIVOLCS.
A. AFFECTED POPULATION
TAGUIG CITY, July 12 -- Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Tuesday said efforts are underway to restore energy facilities in major parts of Region 8 and Bohol by Wednesday following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake.
During the regional coordinating council meeting on Monday in Ormoc City, Cusi and other Cabinet officials assured government assistance to quake-stricken local government units in Region 8 and Bohol.
In line with the numerous disasters occurring in the country, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo emphasized the need to educate the public on disaster preparedness and mitigation.
With a strong earthquake that shook Leyte recently, Sec. Taguiwalo pointed out that disaster preparations must be given urgent and diligent priority by the national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and more importantly by communities.
By Brigitte Leoni
GENEVA, 11 July – International disaster prevention advocate Senator Loren Legarda has called for a strengthening of the resilience of critical infrastructure, in the wake of a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte in her homeland the Philippines last week.
The earthquake, which caused at least four deaths and injured 100 people,also damaged a power plant, caused landslides and cracked buildings and roads. It has been followed by more than 241 aftershocks over recent days.
• An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 M at the depth of 12.6 km hit the island of Leyte (Eastern Visayas region, Leyte province) on 10 July at 1.41 UTC. The epicentre was located 9 kilometres southeast of Ormoc City (Leyte province) which counts a population of 215 031 people.
• As of 10 July at 7.30 (UTC), there are no immediate reports of casualties or damages from the earthquake.
Armed clashes in Baghlan, Kapisa, Kunduz and Nangarhar provinces have displaced more than 20,200 people. Since January 2017, more than 146,400 people were driven from their homes due to conflict across Afghanistan. This is one quarter less compared to the same period in 2016, in which 196,112 people were displaced. Some 58 per cent of all displaced people are girls and boys under 18 years old. Displacement has been reported in 29 out of the 34 provinces.
- An earthquake with 6.5 magnitude jolt Leyte Province. The shocks were felt strongly in Tacloban , Ormoc and nearby cities. Two people were reportedly to have died and 329 others injured. A total of 9,185 people were reportedly affected. The earthquake also damaged 1,765 houses and several public facilities. The damage assessment is still ongoing. The disaster is within the government capacity to manage. No international assistance is requested.
Following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit the Eastern Visayas region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) already sent initial assistance to affected families in the province of Leyte.
Through its field office (FO) in Region VIII, a total of P3,239,260.38 worth of food and non-food items were distributed to the affected localities of Kananga and Ormoc City.
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 10 -- Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi thanked on Saturday the men and women who are working on 24-hour shifts to bring back electricity within three to seven days in the quake-affected areas in the Visayas, especially in Leyte.
Cusi on Sunday conducted an aerial and ground inspection of the various power plants, including geothermal facilities, that sustained damage from the magnitude 6.5 quake that recently hit the region.
A Richter scale 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the island of Leyte, Philippines on 6 July 2017 around 16:00 local time. Strong to very strong ground shaking was experienced in Tacloban and Ormoc cities and neighboring province of Cebu. At least 241 aftershocks have been record but no tsunami warning is raised.
Based on the government report as of today, 2 deaths and 72 injuries are confirmed in Leyte, mainly due to the collapsed buildings. 6 people were rescued from a collapsed building. A landslide was reported in Leyte.
l. SITUATION OVERVIEW:
An earthquake with Magnitude of 6,5 occurred in Ormoc City, Leyte. Further details below:
As of 5:00 AM, 07 July 2017, a total of 241 aftershocks (from magnitude 1.5 to 4.3) were recorded by DOST-PHIVOLCS.
- Two (2) dead, seventy-two (72) injured and six (6) rescued persons were reported in the Province of Leyte (Region VIII):
At 4:03 PM on 6 July 2017, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake with 2 km depth of focus struck central Leyte between Jaro and Ormoc City (11.11°N, 124.69°E). Intensity VII was felt and recorded in Ormoc City and Kananga, Leyte while Intensity VI was recorded in Jaro and Capoocan, Leyte. Intensity V in Palo and Tacloban City in Leyte and Cebu and Mandaue Cities in Cebu province.
There are already casualties and injured people. Damage to buildings and infrastructures have been assesed and three provinces are still experiencing power outages and interruptions.
6.5 M Earthquake Leyte, Philippines
Based on the situation report by NDRRMC as of 7 July 2017, two deaths have been reported in Kananga and Ormoc City, Leyte. 72 have been injured in Kananga, Ormoc City and Carigara. A Landslide was also reported in Jaro, Leyte following the earthquake. Although power has been restored in some areas, power interruptions are still being experienced in parts of Leyte Province.
At 4:03PM on 6 July 2017, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake with 002 km depth of focus struck Jaro, Leyte (11.16°N, 124.71°E - 008 km S 67° W). Intensity V was felt and recorded at Tacloban City; Palo, Leyte; and Cebu City; Intensity IV at Tolosa, Leyte; Sagay City; Negros Occidental; and Burgos, Surigao del Norte.
An earthquake of 6.5 Magnitude struck Philippines the 06 July 2017 08:03 UTC (16:03 local time) with an epicentre located 3 km NNE of Masarayao, Ormoc City Municipality of Eastern Visayas region in Philippines and a hypocentre at 10km depth. This shallow depth earthquake induced strong shake in the epicentral area and it was felt in Leyte and some other Islands of the Visayas archipelago.
This report gives the population exposure analysis to the Earthquake.
• An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 M at 6.5 km depth hit the island of Leyte (Eastern Visayas region, Leyte province) on 6 July at 8.03 UTC. The epicentre was located 3 km north-northeast of Masarayao town (Kananga municipality, Leyte province) (population of 56 575 people) and 17 km south-west of Jaro city (Leyte province) (population of 43 199 people). Two aftershocks happened, the first one of 4.3 M at 15 km depth at 10.00 UTC and the second one of 4.1 M at 8 km depth at 11.00 UTC.
6.5 M Earthquake Leyte, Philippines
A 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake with a shallow depth of 2 km occured at around 16:04 (UTC+8) local time on 6 July 2017 in Leyte about 30 km SW of Tacloban City or about 10 km NE of Ormoc. Strong to very strong ground shaking was experienced in Tacloban and Ormoc Cities and as far as the neighboring province of Cebu. Damages to structures have been reported in Kanangga, Leyte, a town some 10 kms from the epicentre. Several aftershocks have been reported.