TACLOBAN CITY—Several residents of the capital town of Naval in Biliran ran to the streets on Wednesday night after a 4.9 magnitude earthquake hit the municipality and some parts of Leyte. Flor Jackson of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) based in Naval told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that several residents scampered out of their houses. “They fear being hit by falling cabinets and other décor inside their houses,” she told the Inquirer in a text message. The Office of Civil Defense in Eastern Visayas has not received a report of any damage caused by the earthquake, said Cherelyn Lubang, OCD-8 administrative officer in a text message. The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, was recorded at 7:09 p.m., said Myra Dolina of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Tacloban. Its epicenter was traced 3 kilometers south of Naval, she added. Dolina said the earthquake was recorded at Intensity 4 in Naval, Kawayan, Culaba and Biliran, all in Biliran; and in towns of Calubian and Leyte, both in Leyte. Intensity 3 earthquake was felt in Kananga town in Leyte; Intensity 2 in Palompon and Matag-ob towns as well as Tacloban, also in Leyte. The earthquake was recorded at Intensity 1 in Cebu City. Intensity 4 means most of the people indoors would feel the shaking, hanging objects swing, and parked cars outside would rock. Intensity 3 means many people indoors would feel the movement and hanging objects would swing but only a few outside could feel the shaking. Intensity 2 means the earthquake is felt by people at rest indoors and those on the higher floors of buildings. Intensity 1 means hardly anybody feels the shaking.
DTI-biliran completes report on earthquake damage in naval town Philippine Information Agency By Flordelis E. Jackson posted 8-Jul-2012
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Biliran Provincial Office has completed its assessment on damages to business establishments brought about by a strong earthquake that hit Naval, the capital town of Biliran province.
According to Celerina Bato, engineer and DTI-Biliran provincial director, their office has organized two teams that handled Price Monitoring and Damage Assessment early the following day after the occurrence of the earthquake on Wednesday evening.
She said the Price Monitoring team monitored the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities of five big establishments that belong to the supermarket category and four small establishments at the wet market of the municipality of Naval.
The final report of the Price Monitoring team revealed that there were no price increase of the basic necessities and prime commodities compared to the prices monitored in the past week.
Bato also said that the other team which was the Inspection and Rapid Assessment team visited and inspected 25 business establishments in poblacion Naval including dry goods establishments, appliance centers, stores selling school and office supplies, grocery stores, internet café, hardware stores, cell phone stores, and optical centers.
The report of the team revealed that business establishments suffered only slight damages such as broken glass figurines, broken tiles, spilled paints, broken glass panels and glass frames, and some breakable display that fell off the racks.
The estimated cost of damage from the 25 business establishments resulting from a 4.9-magnitude earthquake was P167,000. (PIA 8, Biliran)
NDRRMC: Cracks found in 6 buildings in Biliran after magnitude-4.9 quake July 7, 2012 5:21am
Tags: Biliran , Phivolcs Cracks were found in at least six public buildings in Naval town in Biliran province after a magnitude-4.9 quake struck the area last Wednesday night, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Friday.
But the NDRRMC said the buildings were "structurally still safe," although inspection teams recommended repair and maintenance of the affected buildings.
It said the public buildings inspected included:
1. Naval two-story commercial complex building at San Juan St., Brgy. Smo. Rosario, Naval; recommended removing and replacing the partition wall
2. Naval two-story commercial building at P. Inocentas Street, Brgy. Smo. Rosario, Naval; minor cracks on walls, minor repair and maintenance recommended
3. Naval Public Dry and Wet Market building, Smo. Rosario St., Brgy. Smo. Rosario, Naval; minor cracks on some columns, minor repair and maintenance recommended
4. Naval Gymnasium, P. Inocentas St., Brgy. Smo. Rosario, minro cracks on walls on parts of the stage; minor repair and maintenance recommended
5. Naval Municipal Building, minor cracks on walls at ground and second floors; minor repair and maintenance recommended
6. Naval State University Science Building, lateral and longitudinal cracks on partition walls; removal and replacement of partition wall recommended.
Also, the NDRRMC said the Biliran provincial hospital evacuated the patients at its intensive care unit (ICU) to an adjacent building.
Earlier, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was recorded at 7:09 p.m. Wednesday, with the epicenter at 3 km southwest of Naval in Biliran.
It said the quake was felt at:
- Intensity V: Naval, Biliran; Calubian, Leyte - Intensity IV: Kawayan, Almeria and Culaba, Biliran; Leyte, Leyte - Intensity II: Palompon, Leyte, Tacloban City - Intensity I: Cebu City