Magnitude 7.3 Quake Causes Damage to 35 Schools and Affect Over 8,000 Others in Abra, DepEd Says
The Department of Education (DepEd) reported that the powerful quake in Abra causes damage to 35 schools and affect more than 8, 000 schools.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded a 7.3 magnitude quake in Abra on Wednesday (July 27). The powerful quake causes damage in numerous establishments and buildings.
The magnitude 7 earthquake even cuts power lines in several areas. The government also takes immediate action to assist the quake-affected residents.
Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum warned the public of possible landslides and aftershocks. However, no tsunami alert has been raised following the devastating tremor in the province.
On Thursday (July 28, 2022), the Education Department reported that more than 8,000 schools were affected and the magnitude 7.3 earthquake damaged 35 others. The damaged schools were from 15 school division offices in Luzon.
The figure was based on the initial Rapid Assessment of Damages Report (RADaR) of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS). DepEd said that the repair would cost around P228.5 million.
The agency reported that the earthquake affected about 8, 027 schools. Those schools are located in areas under instrumental intensity in the PHIVOLCS’ Earthquake Information.
NDRRMC Virtual Emergency Operations Center and the 1st Response Cluster Meeting will assess the situation in quake-affected areas. The department also called for an emergency meeting.
DepEd asked the regional and division DRRM coordinators of the affected regions to submit updates regarding the current situation. DRRMS is already working with the field DRRM coordinators to determine the number of affected teachers, non-teaching personnel, and students.
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