Before 12PM yesterday, February 6, 2012, I was in the Maasin City hall when we felt the strong jolting. I immediately, took my son, Carl Justine who at that time was standing just below the city hall’s tv. City hall’s employees and people transacting there ran to get out of the building, while I decided to stay in the building but in the safer place to avoid the stampede and to avoid any falling debris.
After the earthquake, I immediately sent SMS to my wife who was at that time in Metrobank – Maasin City branch, but the sending was failed due to network problem. The signal indicated in my phone was full but I just couldn’t connect to the network either by SMS or call. The Smart’s network failure lasted for more than 3 hours.
I thought at first the center of the earthquake is in Leyte, because people were talking about a volcan in Samar. But in the news report, it said that the center is in between Cebu Island and Negros Island.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Seismic Station in San Antonio, Sibulan town in Negros Oriental revealed that the center of the earthquake was in 09.97 North, 123.14 E-5 N 41W of Tayasan, Negros Oriental and the time of the incident is 11.49 AM (localtime) with a depth of 10 which has aftershocks of more than a hundred.
As the PHILVOLCS Cebu issued the tsunami alert level 2 at about 2PM, people in Negros and Cebu got panicked leaving their houses and works for safety.
Maasinhons were still calm but the Gaisano Capital mall in Sogod-Southern Leyte closed that store early to avoid fatalities any human damages.
Fatalities and Missing People
There are about 29 people who are feared to be dead who are buried by a landslide following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Barangay Planas in Guihulngan City in Negros. These people might not survived since the soil that covered them is at more or less 30 feet thick.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council listed 12 fatalities of which 12 of them are from Guihulngan City and 1 from the town of Jimalalud, 1 from the town of Bindow and another 2 from the town of Tayasan all in Negros.
In another report, the Philippine Army revealed that at least 43 people in Negros died due to the earthquake.
The Philippine National Police release these names of those identified people who died due to the earthquake:
- Bernadeth Raydan (9) – She was was hit by a concrete fence that collapsed in Tayasan town
- Anafe Estrabella (12), She was from Jimalalud town.
- Betty Yap Mansano (62). She was buried in wreckage after a building had collapsed.
Negros – Philippines February 2012 Earthquake Photos
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