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PIA News Service - Saturday, March 5, 2011

Intensity 6 rocks two towns in Surigao Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR, March 5 (PIA) –- Carrascal and Cantilan, two of the towns in this province were hit by an intensity 6 earthquake according to Philvocs before midnight of March 3.

In an interview with Krista Mae Intano of Carrascal Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) Office, more or less 15 concrete residential houses were partially damaged with cracks in Carrascal, and some portion of perimeter fences of their Catholic church were reportedly damaged while the seawall in Brgy Doyos, Carrascal also collapsed.

According to Intano, the local government of Carrascal is still conducting ocular inspection and validation on the partially reported damages.

Meanwhile, Community Development Information Officer (CDIO) Anthony S. Arreo of Cantilan reported that massive damages in the area had already been reported.

Accordingly, residents of the two towns were frightened and most of them stayed away from their houses during the quake especially when they noticed that some of their appliances tumbled during the strong quakes and huge stones rolled down towards the highways from the hilly areas.

Arreo added, there was no reported injuries and highways were reportedly cleared and regular work resumed in the said towns. (NGBTranquilan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)