Chona Mae and other ‘linog’ talks

Following is a compilation of some accounts of incidents, at least one of them hilarious, related to the Magnitude 6.3 earthquake which hit a wide area of Davao and Cotabato cities and provinces at 7:37 p.m. Wednesday. (The epicenter was estimated to be 55 kilometers from Polomolok, South Cotabato, according to the and seven kilometers east-northeast of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat).

1. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced the suspension of classes in all levels in public and private schools and directed her men to check on possible damages on the school buildings and other structures in the city.All school owners, teachers and non-teaching personnel are instructed to conduct a safety inspection check with a qualified engineer in and around their structures on Thursday.However, it is only classes that are suspended, not work.

2. Fire of still undetermined origin raged Gaisano Mall in General Santos City but it was certain if the earthquake has something to do with the blaze.

3. The Philippine Information Agency in Davao del Sur quoting Nilo Cobrado of Bombo Radyo reported that as of 10 p.m. last Wednesday night, some 20  residents of Digos City, and the towns of Hagonoy and Magsaysay were brought to the provincial hospital with quake-related injuries.

4. In barangay Matina Aplaya, the residents panicked and ran to upper ground  as a mother was shouting “tsunami, tsunami!” only to realize later that she was calling out her missing daughter whose name was “Chona Mae.” 

5. The Department of Energy (DOE) Task Force Energy Resiliency (TFER) provides its update as of 10:00 PM, 16 October 2019 in relation to the 6.3 magnitude in Tulunan (North Cotabato) On Power Sector: On generation, Mindanao Geothermal Power Project (MGPP) 1&2 in Mt. Apo with a total net generation of 91MW tripped at 1937H. On transmission, a total of six (6) line feeder trippings were reported due to line ground fault, to wit: three (3) NGCP 69kV lines (Matanao – Malita, Matanao – Digos, Tacuron – Suralla) and three (3) customer side feeders from DLPC, DANECO and DORECO. On distribution, Electric Cooperatives with reported power interruptions were SOCOTECO-1, SOCOTECO-2, and DASURECO. Affected areas are parts of Davao Del Sur (Digos City, Hogonoy, Padada, Kiblawan, Sulop, Malalag, Sta. Cruz) and portions of Kidapawan City, Cotabato. Restoration is on-going. On Oil Sector: No reported damage to oil facilities both upstream and downstream as of the reporting period. DOE will continue its monitoring.

6. In a video posted on social media, patients at Kidapawan Doctors Hospital in Mindanao were seen being taken outside after the tremor. Another clip showed a church in Kidapawan City start to shake from the intensity of the quake, leaving the congregation screaming in terror.

7. No destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected after the earthquake, initially measured at 6.7, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported.