State of calamity declared
in Surigao City after quake

February 11 2017 4:33 PM

A structure was damaged due to a magnitude 6.7 quake that hit Surigao City on Friday evening February 10, 2017. Photo from Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga region
A structure was damaged due to a magnitude 6.7 quake that hit Surigao City on Friday evening February 10, 2017. Photo from Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga region

Officials declared on Saturday, February 11, a state of calamity in Surigao City following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that jolted the province last Friday night, Feb. 10, a radio report said.

Mary Jule Escalante, public information office of Surigao del Norte, said that the state of calamity was declared in the city due to water and power crisis.

Escalante added that the city airport is still not operational because the runway was damaged.

READ: Flights to Surigao City cancelled after strong quake

Authorities said that the airport will be closed for one month.

As of this posting, Escalante said that six persons were killed while 126 persons were injured in the quake.

READ: Surigao del Norte quake death toll up to 6 – report

On Feb. 10, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck 14 kilometers northwest of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

The tremor struck at 10: 03 p.m. It was tectonic in origin with a depth of focus of 4 kilometers.

Phivolcs said the last strongest quake that hit Surigao was in 1879.

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