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DFA Gives Update on Filipinos in Alaska Following the 7-Magnitude Alaska Earthquake

ALASKA EARTHQUAKE – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) gave an update on Filipinos living in Alaska following the earthquake with a magnitude of 7 that hit the place.

Lots of Filipinos are residing abroad. Some are there as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are in the pursuit of finding a greener pasture for their family. Others live out-of-the-country as they were born abroad or they get to marry foreigners.

One of the foreign places with lots of Filipinos residing there is Alaska. Based on a recent report on Inquirer, Pinoys make up 52% of the Asian and Pacific Islander populace in Alaska.

Recently, Alaska was hit by a strong earthquake leaving many Filipinos worried about their loved ones there. The Alaska earthquake had a magnitude of 7 and the intensity even led to crumbled roads.

Alaska Earthquake Road

AP Photo/Dan Joling | Photo lifted from Inquirer

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) continues to monitor the Filipinos abroad following the 7-magnitude Alaska earthquake. Fortunately, no Pinoy was reportedly injured by the incident.

In a statement, the DFA shared that the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco who also has a jurisdiction in Alaska communicates with the Filipino community leaders.

“No Filipino was among those initially reported to have been injured in the earthquake,” the Department stated.

Alaska Earthquake

Photo lifted from Inquirer

Based on the report, Consul General Henry Bensurto expressed that the count of Filipinos residing in Alaska won’t fall below 25,000. The largest racial minority in Anchorage are Pinoys.

The Filipinos residing in Alaska were already told to avoid unnecessary travel by road. They were also told to find for shelter as there may be an aftershock following the 7-magnitude Alaska earthquake.

Furthermore, the Consul General has also asked the Department of State’s Office of Foreign Missions to give further information on the situation of Pinoys in Alaska.

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