Cagayan, Philippines – The latest tally from disaster management officials of Calayan Island Cagayan showed two minors were injured and 20 families or 39 individuals were affected after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the village on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023.
The director of Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol, said the movement of the active fault line in the offshore area of Dalupiri, Calayan caused the temblor.
Among those affected are seven families in Barangay Dadao, two families in Cabudadan, and one in the village of Centro II.
The wall of the house in Centro II collapsed and pinned down two sisters identified as Baby Caty Dela Cruz, 13; and Carmela Dela Cruz, 12. They were immediately brought to Calayan Infirmary and are now in stable condition.
The school buildings of Calayan High School, Calayan West Central Elementary School, Magsidel National High School, St. Bartholomew Academy, and SBA Dormitory were also found to have cracks due to the earthquake.
PHIVOLCS recorded 102 aftershocks ranging from 1.5 to 3.7-magnitude.
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