The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) confirmed that a 4.1-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Leyte on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The quake struck at a depth of 5 kilometers and located around 12 kilometers northeast of Ormoc City.
Intensity IV was reported in the municipality of Albuera and Ormoc City at around 7:20 in the evening. The national institution, which is dedicated to providing information on the activities of volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, said no aftershocks and damages are expected following the strong earthquake.
On Wednesday, the Ormoc City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office claimed that there were no recorded damages after the magnitude 4.1 tremor. Coincidentally, the quake, which was tectonic in origin, occurred less than a week after #theCityOfBeautifulPeople kicked off the 3rd Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for 2019.
To recall, hundreds of Ormocanons participated in the drill that took place on Thursday, Aug. 8, which is a simulation of the impact of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake with the epicenter along the Philippine Fault Line segment between the municipalities Albuera and Burauen in Leyte. Employees of the local government units and private establishments, students and teachers in all levels, and a number of men in uniform performed the duck, cover, and hold after hearing the loud siren that signaled the start of the drill.
In a press conference held after the simulation, PHIVOLCS-DOST Supervising Science Research Specialist Jeffrey Perez revealed that the drill is a preparation for an Intensity 8 earthquake that is set to happen sometime in the future. He warned that the projected quake would be stronger than the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rocked the island of Leyte in July 2017, which caused three casualties, 493 recorded injuries, and affected a total of 4,130 families.
In his message, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez said that conducting the 3rd Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for 2019 in Ormoc City is very important to assess the capability of the disaster risk reduction and management offices in Leyte and the community’s readiness and responsiveness in times of calamities.
“This is very good not just for us but also to show the whole Philippines na kailangan at importante itong mga earthquake drills na ganito,” the husband of Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez said. Napakalaking tulong nito sa atin because we will never know when this earthquake is going to hit us,” Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez added.