Nun hurt; 144 structures, houses destroyed in Bukidnon quakes

VALENCIA CITY (Bukidnon News/04 September)A nun, who was in a relative’s house, was hurt in Brgy. Lourdes, this city when a concrete wall  collapsed in one of the aftershocks of the early Tuesday morning quake that hit the city and the rest of Bukidnon, Capt. Alejandro Larosa, Valencia City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive officer told Bukidnon News.

Sister Angelina Comabig, 34, who survived the collapse and is now under treatment in a local hospital, was hit in her legs and arms. Larosa cited no other injuries so far but reported damage to properties.

CDRRMC reported 144 houses and structures destroyed, including 98 in Guinuyoran.

The quake destroyed three classrooms of the Lourdes Elementary School and the local Catholic and Baptist churches.

The Barangay Council of Lourdes, an upland village near the Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park, reported around 7:27a.m. that only one house was totally damaged. But 20 others were considered “partially damaged.”

Cracks were also observed in the barangay’s administration building.

Aside from Brgy. Lourdes, the quake, which registered 5.8 magnitude, hit four other barangays here including Lilingayon, Tugaya, Mt.Nebo , and Guinuyoran.

Only damage reports from five the city’s 31 barangays have reached the office as of 8a.m.  Capt. Alejandro Larosa, executive officer of the Valencia City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said as of 10:30a.m.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported five tremors from 3:44 to 3:52 a.m., with the strongest to hit Bukidnon Maramag at intensity 5. Intensity 4 quakes were also reported in Valencia City and intensity 3 in Malaybalay City, according to the NDRRMC.

Larosa quoted Phivolcs as saying the origin of the quakes was tectonic.

Staff of the CDRRMC office still could not confirm the report that there were residents trapped in Tandakol, a village in between Brgy. Lilingayon and Mt. Nebo where a portion of a hill was reported to have cracked.

Larosa said they will proceed to the area to validate reports where a team from the Provincial DRRMC went ahead.

The area is near the campus of Adventist’s Mountain View College.

CDRRMC staff reported that the road between barangays Lilingayon and Mt. Nebo are impassable as of 6:48a.m.

Malaybalay City mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri told Bukidnon News as of 7:45a.m. that they have received no reports of casualties and damage due to the quake, which is the second series of tremors that hit Bukidnon in five days.

Alan Comiso, Malaybalay CDRRMC executive officer, said they are gathering reports from the city’s 46 barangays.

Ma. Leah Barquez, point person for the Bukidnon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council office in Malaybalay City told Bukidnon News via telephone they have already dispatched a request from Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two cities.

In November 2011, 31 people were injured and a total of 21 houses were totally destroyed when a 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Valencia City and the rest of Bukidnon on Nov. 7.

Sixty-one more houses were partially damaged while at least seven commercial buildings developed cracks because of the strong quake. The count covers only those reported in several upland villages of Brgy. Poblacion. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)