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Leyte quake renews need for readiness in Metro Manila

The big earthquake that struck Leyte last Thursday caught most people unprepared. Tremors of 4 to 5 magnitude are common enough in our country. The one that hit Leyte was a magnitude 6.5 and initial reports said three were killed and 72 injured from falling hollow blocks in buildings that collapsed in Kananga and Ormoc City.

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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Scattered to frequent rain showers and thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening will prevail over some parts of the country throughout the week.

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Tropical depression “Crising” slightly weakened as it moves closer to land yesterday, according to State weather forecasters.

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Isang cargo ship na naglalaman ng semento ang lumubog sa karagatan ng Southern Leyte noong Linggo ng hapon, ayon sa report na nakarating sa Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 8.

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