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State of calamity set

Ormoc City and Kananga, Leyte are set to be placed under a state of calamity due to the magnitude-6.5 earthquake last week.

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook Leyte yesterday morning, the strongest aftershock of the magnitude-6.5 tremor last week that damaged a power plant and other buildings.

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The destructive earthquake that jolted Leyte and nearby provinces last Thursday was not the first, as moderate magnitude tremors have affected the area in the past, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

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Residents fled their houses in panic overnight Friday as aftershocks hit Eastern Visayas a day after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake killed two people and injured at least 72 others, authorities said.

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A strong, shallow earthquake shook Eastern Visayas yesterday, killing at least two people, injuring dozens of people, knocking out power in some areas, and sending villagers fleeing from their homes, officials said.

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Two Senate committees have said that the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa by policemen inside the sub-provincial jail in Baybay City, Leyte last November 5 was premeditated.

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