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Philippines: Earthquakes - Jul 2019

Status
Ongoing
Countries
Philippines
Disaster types
Earthquake

On Saturday, 27 July 2019, at 4:16am (local time),... a series of earthquakes struck the island of Batanes, the northernmost province in the Philippines; the first shock was of 5.4 magnitude with 12 km depth of focus, occurred at 4:16am, followed by the second shock, a 5.9 magnitude with 7 km depth at 7:37am, and the powerful shock was of 5.8 magnitude with 1 km depth tremor was felt after few hours, around 9:24am. Two major earthquakes’ epicentres were recorded in the east of Itbayat, Batanes while the latest was in the east of Basco, Batanes. (IFRC, 27 Jul 2019)

On 29 July 2019, the Itbayat municipal council declared the town under a state of calamity. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee (NDRRMC), nine deaths were reported while 64 people injured. There were reported damages of health facilities including cracks in Itbayat’s District Hospital as well as its Municipal Health Office. Due to the continuous aftershocks, the District Hospital and the Rural Health Unit are no longer functional, with estimated damages worth 47 million Philippine peso (approximately CHF 915,000)...Immediately after first tremor, affected people were evacuated to the public market/municipal plaza in barangay San Rafael; as of 30 July 2019, 805 families or 2,616 persons are seeking shelter at the designated evacuation centres...Based on NDRRMC report, as of 1 August 2019, 266 houses (185 totally damaged and 81 partially) shelters, including ancestral homes, were reported to be damaged...There is power interruption reported in the entire municipality of Itbayat and mobile phone coverage is intermittently available. Itbayat, Batanes has five barangays; Raele, San Rafael (Idiang), Santa Lucia (Kauhauhasan), Santa Maria (Marapuy) and Santa Rosa (Kaynatuan). Electrical power supply has been restored in the barangays of Raele Santa Rosa and Santa Lucia. (IFRC, 1 Aug 2019)

As of 5 August, a total of 2,982 persons (1,025 families) were affected by the earthquake incident in five barangays in Itbayat, Batanes. Nine dead confirmed by the Management of the Dead and Missing Persons Cluster. A total of 326 persons (90 families) are currently staying at the Covered Court/Municipal Plaza in Brgy. San Rafael. The decrease in the number of affected families/persons staying in the designated evacuation center is due to the residents returning to their respective residences. (Gov't of Philippines, 07 Aug 2019)