Another strong tremor possible in Cotabato: Phivolcs

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MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Wednesday said there was a possibility of another strong tremor in Cotabato, which has 4 fault lines, after Tuesday's 6.6-magnitude earthquake.

"Kaya nga ang sabi natin constant reminder na kahit nagkaroon na ng pagkilos 'yung isang fault pero kung may faults pa sa province o region, may malakas pa rin na posibleng mangyari in the future," Phivolcs officer-in-charge Renato Solidum told radio DZMM.

(That's why we said there's a constant reminder that even if a fault line has moved, but there are more fault lines in the province or region, there's still a chance of a powerful quake in the future.)

"Kailangan siguruhin natin 'yung itatayo nating mga bahay at gusali lalo na yung nasira kailangangan siguraduhing maayos para magwithstand ng malalakas na lindol."

(We need to make sure that the houses and buildings we construct, especially those that were damaged, could withstand strong tremors.)

The powerful quake in Tulunan town in Cotabato left at least 6 people dead, scores injured, and forced residents to evacuate.

The tremor was the main earthquake following the 6.3 magnitude foreshock last Oct. 16., according to Solidum, which killed at least 7 people and injured 215 others.

A series of aftershocks is expected in the first 3 to 4 days but may continue up until Christmas, Solidum added.

A magnitude 5 aftershock hit the same town at 5:22 a.m. Wednesday, with an Intensity 5 felt in Kidapawan City, where there were no fatalities and serious injuries reported, according to Mayor Joseph Evangelista.

"Maswerte po tayo for the 2nd time, I hope wala na pong 3rd time, wala ho tayong incident of death, may injuries po tayo manageable naman. Wala din ho tayong collapsed structure dito," he said.

(We're lucky that for the 2nd time, I hope there's no third time, we have no incident of death. We have injuries but they are manageable. We have no collapsed structure here.)

"Overall evaluation natin, hindi ganun kalaki ang pinsala na nangyari po dito sa Kidapawan City."

(Our overall evaluation is the damage was not huge here in Kidapawan City.)

Evangelista said authorities' agenda for Wednesday would be to assess the integrity of at least 6 establishments hit by the tremor.

"I hope in the next how many days balik normal na po ang lungsod ng Kidapawan (the city would be back to normal)," he said.

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