ZAMBOANGA City–Three people were injured while four houses were damaged when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook the Zamboanga Peninsula region yesterday.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) stated in its bulletin that the tremor occurred at 2:21 am.
Its epicenter was traced at 17 kilometers northwest of Baligiuan, Zamboanga del Norte, which also felt intensity 4.
Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, city disaster risk reduction and management officer, said the victims are all residents of Kalinaw Urban Poor Association in Barangay Sinunuc, 9.3 kilometers west of city hall.
Apolinario identified the victims as Arcina Natividad, 56 (head injury), Raymond Natividad, 23 (abrasion in right hand, foot, right shoulder and bruises at the back), and Juliana Makahibag, 13 (hand and head injuries).
The victims were injured when the concrete divider of their house, which was still under construction, collapsed while they were asleep at the living room.
Apolinario said the victims were rushed to the hospital by responding CDRRMO personnel.
No one was hurt in the three other houses owned by Natividad’s neighbors which were damaged by the earthquake.
The Philvocs bulletin showed the tremor was felt at Intensity 6 in this city, Baliguian and Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, Intensity 5; Gutalac, Labason, and Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte, Ipil and Titay in Zamboanga Sibugay, Pagadian City, Isabela City in Basilan, Intensity 4; Salug and Liloy in Zamboanga del Norte, Intensity 3.
The Philvocs noted that the quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 47 kilometers. (pna)