MDN Breaking News Mindanao - A fourth strong quake that occured 9:05am today hammers one of the biggest hotels in Kidapawan City and many hotel crew and transients trapped inside the hotel are feared dead.
Police authorities and members of the local cdrrmc are still conducting investigation to the extent of damage in the hotel as well as on human lives.
The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) in its website reported that the 6.5 magnitude quake's epicenter was again recorded in Tulunan, North Cotabato
Based on video footages, Eva's Hotel in Kidapawan City nearly collapse and people are now advised to refrain from going near the five story hotel as it may further collapse if after shocks would also follow.
Governor EmmyLou Taliño-Mendoza told reporters there were also 9-12 inches long cracks seen in some roads in North Cotabato as a result of the latest quakes that hammered the province and its neighboring provinces in Mindanao.
Barangay Chairman Benjie Bangot was found dead by residents beneath the rubble of a barangay hall in Makilala town.
Five people died after two powerful tremors hit Mindanao registering magnitude 6.6 and an aftershock of magnitude 6.1 a few hours later. The quake's epicenter was identified by government authorities in Tulunan, Cotabato.
Based on reports from various reliable sources, large part of Mindanao was affected by the tremblor, with five reported dead, more than a dozen injured and millions of damage to properties. Those damaged properties are either owned by the government such as school buildings, government offices, among others - or privately-owned business firms and homes built by construction firms.
In Cagayan de Oro City, some elementary schools were suspended as a result of the strong quake. Many buildings and hotels were also closed temporarily for the day, to give way to the City Building Official (OBO) inspection team to conduct evaluations especially on the newest skyscrapers in the city.
The entrance of one of the biggest BPO companies, Teleperformance, situated just beside Centrio Ayala Mall cracked. The management of said local firm has to suspend work hours of their employees for safety and precautionary measures.
In Digos City, one was reported dead. City Mayor Josef Cagas identified the victim as a certain Jeremy.
In Valencia City, Bukidnon, cracks were also seen in the newest mall, Robinsons. The management has yet to issue statements regarding the cracks found by residents.
In Arakan town, Cotabato, two persons were reported dead after rolling rocks reportedly ran them over. The victims were identified as Angel Andy, 22 and his 7-year-old son. Andy's two-year-old son was also reported injured.
In Tulunan, the quake's epicenter, the mayor of said town has identified one person who died as Marichel Morla of barangay Banayal.
Daig Elementary School in Tulunan town also collapsed resulting to the injury of three elementary pupils.
A few months ago, Cotabato Province was also hit by a magnitude 5.1 tremor and four persons have died.
In view of the earthquake which hit Mindanao this morning, Globe sets up Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging centers to help affected residents with their communication needs.
The stations are located at two towns near the epicenter of the earthquake, namely:
Kidapawan City Hall
Starts October 29, 9 am - 6 pm
Tulunan Municipal Hall
Starts October 30, 10:30 am - 6 pm
More free call and charging stations will be put up as the need arises.
For more information, please contact:
Yoly C. Crisanto
SVP, Corporate Communications
Globe Telecom, Inc.
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