Thursday, July 6, 2017

2 killed, damage reported after magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes central Philippines

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
July 6,2017, 11:53:57AM,EDT
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled the Philippines shortly after 4 p.m. local time (4 a.m. EDT), Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Two people were killed and more than 100 were injured, including at least 10 in a collapsed building in the town of Kanaga, the Associated Press reported. An unspecified number of people remain trapped in the building, local officials said.
The epicenter of the quake was located 2 miles from the small town of Masarayao and over 7 miles from the city of Ormoc City, which has a population of over 191,000.
The temblor’s depth was shallow, at only 6.5 km (4 miles), according to the USGS.
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Ormoc City mayor Richard Gomez told local media that at least 29 people were injured around the area, with at least 16 people hospitalized. Cracks were reported in buildings and roads following the quake, Gomez said.
"Temperatures will rise to around 30 C (near 90 F) each day over the coming week as daily showers and storms plague the region," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts. As residents recover from the earthquake, tropical systems are not expected to impact the region over the coming week, she added.
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