Cracks Found at Several Abra Schools After Magnitude 7 Quake, DepEd Says
DepEd found cracks at several schools in Abra after being struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake on Wednesday morning (July 27).
Earlier, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded a 7.3 magnitude quake in Abra, which causes severe devastation and damage to numerous establishments.
The tremor has been located at 17.63° North, 120.74°East – 002 km North 20° East of Lagangilang with a depth of origin of 025 kilometers. The earthquake is tectonic in origin.
Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum warned the public of possible landslides and aftershocks. He also told the Filipinos may spot cracks on the ground after the quake.
Recently, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported that several schools in Abra after the quake. The regional offices are monitoring the situation in quake-affected schools, according to DepEd spokesperson Atty. Michael Poa.
“We are monitoring the situation on the part of DepEd. Meron tayong initial reports ng cracks ng schools sa Abra, and probably also in Vigan, but I cannot give you a statement unless may confirmation na from our field offices and regional offices,” Poa said.
The Education Department said that there are no reported casualties yet from learners, teaching personnel, or DepEd staff. VP and Education Secretary Sara Duterte will also visit quake-affected schools in Abra.
Atty. Reynold Munsayac, Sara Duterte’s spokesperson said that the Office of the Vice President will offer medical and burial services to the families affected by the quake.
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