Quake inflicts minor damages to buildings

The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported minor damages to structures after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the whole Davao Region on September 8.

As of September 10, Monday, Operation and Warning Officer of the CDRRMO Rodrigo Bustillo said there were no casualties reported during the incident.

A situational report given earlier to Edge Davao reported three minor injuries in several establishments in the city.

The CDRRMO reportedly spotted cracked portions inside the building structure of Gaisano Mall of Davao, although operations were back to normal and mallgoers were allowed to go back inside.

“As far as I am concerned, this is the strongest quake the city had experienced,” Bustillo said in an interview with Edge Davao.

He added that CDRRMO is continuously monitoring some establishments and buildings affected on the earthquake. Responders are also deployed for further assessment.

He also noted that most of the Dabawenyos were able to practice the learnings in the earthquake drills conducted every year.

“I saw some improvements, although there were some who panicked,” Bustillo added, “People should always remember to duck, cover and hold. When the earthquakes, do not run or you will fall and be outbalanced.”

The warning officer is also reminding the building owners to double check the integrity structure of the building, for the lives of the people are at stake if any lapses would occur.

He also reminded the public to stay vigilant in times of disaster, since the occurrence of earthquake is highly unpredictable.

“As much as possible, we should always be prepared. It is a matter of the people in doing their part,” Bustillo said.

In a previous report, the epicenter was cited at the town of Manay, Davao Oriental, causing a strong quake that struck the whole Davao region.

The quake was felt at Intensity V in Davao City and Mati City; Intensity IV in the city of Bislig, Surigao del Sur and Koronadal, South Cotabato , Intensity III in Tupi, South Cotabato, Alabel and Malapatan, Sarangani Province and Intensity I in General Santos City.

In an interview with Andrea Liao Amparo, who as at the 6th floor of the Ateneo De Davao University, observed some damages in the school’s wall and stairs while they were carefully going down the building.

Her pictures on some of the building’s damage went viral after posted on her Twitter account, gaining the attention of some media outlets to use her photo.

“The Ateneo staff responded quick. We were shocked when we were going down, there were already staff who guided us away from the building,” Amparo said the day after the incident.

According to her, the school staff advised the students to gather on the ground while the building is being monitored for inspection. After a few minutes, she said that classes were cancelled and advised everyone to go home.

While Sheminith Arena, who was at the Gaisano Mall of Davao when the earthquake happened, saw how the impact disrupted some chairs and tables on the fast food chain where she stayed.

“I was in a state of shock when the incident happened,” Arena said.

She managed to escape when her friend grabbed her when the ground shake intensified. According to her, the fast food crew asked them to calm and guided them towards the mall exit.

While she cannot recall the whole incident, she then noticed how the responding team assisted the mall goers outside and automatically cordoned the building.

“You can really see how Dabawenyos helped one another because of the incident,” Arena said.