The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has mentioned that the quake struck 5 kilometers northwest of Tayasan, Negros Oriental, of which the origin is tectonic. The main quake was followed by 4 aftershocks, measuring between magnitudes 4.5 to 5.8.
"We are praying and hoping that we will get some survivors, but it's likely that many of those missing in the landslides have died already," Roel Degamo, the governor of Negros Oriental, the worst-hit province, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Tuesday.
In a statement Tuesday, Malacañang said President Benigno Aquino III will fly to Dumaguete City today Wednesday, Feb. 8, his 52nd birthday.
“He will inspect damaged areas and meet with our countrymen affected by the calamity, as well as with the government workers who are providing much needed relief operations on the ground,” said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
Scientists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was generated by an “unmapped” undersea fault in the Tañon Strait between the islands of Negros and Cebu.
Coastal cities and towns on the eastern coast of Negros Island —Guihulngan, La Libertad, Jimalalud, Tayasan, Majuyod, Bindoy and Dumaguete — bore the brunt of the shock waves from the earthquake initially recorded as magnitude-6.9 at the epicenter.
The quake’s strength has since been downgraded to magnitude-6.7.
Guihulngan City sustained the heaviest damage, according to the NDRRMC. Its water supply system “was totally damaged,” electric power facilities were down and mobile communication facilities were offline.
Towns of Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalaud, La Libertad and Guihulngan are in need of food and water.
Food levels are low in Tayasan to Guihulngan.
Ayungon needs water.
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You can send your donation to any Red Cross Office nearest to you or Call Red Cross Negros Oriental Chapter 225-2835.