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70 Students Hurt After a 4.9 Magnitude Earthquake That Hit North Cotabato

EARTHQUAKE – 70 students got hurt while some were hospitalized after a 4.9 earthquake that struck North Cotabato.

People are encouraged to learn more about earthquake safety since this treacherous disaster may cause death or damages to properties.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) are the ones who monitor the volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami activity in the Philippines.

Recently, Phivolcs reported several earthquakes in North Cotabato. In a previous article, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the area around 8:36 last Tuesday afternoon.

After that, a series of shakes hit the province including the two 4.8-magnitude earthquakes. Surely, the quake has affected some establishments including the schools.

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Based on a report from ABS-CBN, over 70 students were affected on the successive aftershocks from the North Cotabato earthquake. Some students experienced dizziness while some passed out because of fear.

City Police Office Director Alex Tagum said the quake was felt in the school a few minutes before 9 a.m in this Wednesday morning. Some of the students were immediately brought to the hospital.

Based on the initial investigation of the police, the students at Crossing Bayabas National High School in Toril went panic on the powerful aftershocks.

As the student felt the shake, they quickly run outside and caused a stampede. The rush cause some students to faint.

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According to the report, the authorities immediately respond to the incident at the school and was accompanied by the volunteer rescue groups from their town.

We can all hope that those students have already recovered from the incident.

Panicking will only cause more injuries and damage to the people, therefore, it is really important to learn basic earthquake safety tips.

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