Seven people were reported dead and more than 120 injured after a strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Surigao City, Philippines, on Friday night, due to the movement of the Philippine Fault Zone Surigao segment. I. The earthquake struck 14 km. northwest of Surigao City.
A state of calamity has been declared in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas said. He appreciated this was the worst earthquake produced in the area. At least 11 towns were affected by the quake, which also damaged the provincial capitol, two major bridges, and other infrastructure. The city continues to have no potable water coming from its taps, forcing residents to join the long queue in water refilling stations. The earthquake also forced the closure of Surigao City domestic airport. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines estimated the airport might be closed until March 10 because a runway was damaged. The companies will divert flights to neighboring Butuan City. "The DSWD Regional Office has prepositioned 8,258 family food packs to geographically hard-to-reach areas," Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement. Aftershocks are expected. Classes and work, both in private and public [schools and establishments], are cancelled per order by the vice chairperson of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council until further notice.