HIGHLIGHT: A magnitude 6 earthquake struck the Zamboanga Peninsula at 2:21 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), which left at least three people injured according to recent reports.
Phivolcs traced the epicenter of the tectonic quake at 19 kilometers northwest of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte.
Residents of Zamboanga City felt the jolt the hardest at Intensity VI. Meanwhile, Intensity V was felt in Baliguian and Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. The towns of Gutalac, Ipil, Labason ans Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte, as well as the town of Titay in Zamboanga experienced an Intensity IV temblor.
Dawiya Jundail, resident of Barangay Sinunuc in Zamboanga City said three of her companions were injured, namely: Arsena Natividad, 56; Raymond Natividad, 23, and Juliana Natividad, 13. Jundail said they were sleeping when the quake struck. The victims were immediately brought to a nearby hospital.
Phivolcs reiterated their warnings especially under an Intensity VI earthquake, where “some lose their balance, motorists feel like driving in flat tires, heavy objects move or may be shifted, small church bells may ring and wall plasters may crack.”
The local government of Zamboanga City has already called for an inspection of structures and buildings in the city proper, especially the older ones. They will also stage an earthquake drill on April 21 with the help of Phivolcs and other concerned agencies.