Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned the public that multiple aftershocks of the strong July 27 earthquake that shook areas in Luzon could continue for months, although fewer in number.
“Sa mga susunod na araw marami, at pwede pong mga first week marami pero pahina na ‘yan usually mga after 3 or 4 days. Pwede po magtagal yan ng mga buwan pero with time bumababa ang bilang,” said Renato Solidum, the Phivolcs officer-in-charge, in his interview with ABS-CBN TeleRadyo.
The agency likewise classified the 7-magnitude temblor, with an epicenter just 2 kilometers northeast of Lagangilang, Abra, as a “major earthquake.”
The quake has a depth of 25 kilometers and so far, the largest earthquake recorded in the Philippines for this year 2022.
The powerful earthquake killed at least five individuals and injured 60 others.
Luzon residents shared on social media their photos showing collapsed buildings, damaged properties including cars, and cracked roads and bridges.
Initial food packs and P10 million cash assistance have been distributed for quake victims in Abra.
Phivolcs alerted the public to remain cautious of the aftershocks.
The institution is looking at the Vigan-Aggao fault as the main cause of the earthquake.
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