The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported a 5.4 magnitude quake, tectonic in origin, which was recorded 124 km N 67° E of Guiuan (Eastern Samar) 10:42 last night.
It can be recalled that a 7.9 magnitude quake was also recorded Friday night with Guiuan, Eastern Samar as its epicenter. The Friday earthquake brought panic to the people of Eastern Visayas, notably when a level 3 tsunami alert was declared. All towns in Eastern Samar, which is directly facing the Pacific Ocean, through its LGU instructed the constituents to evacuate to higher grounds. Reported damages were in Leyte – one (1) totally damaged house in Brgy. Digahongan, Dagami, Leyte; Pinabacdao, Samar – cracks on walls on Pinabacdao Police Station Building; Brgy. Lupok, Guiuan E. Samar- two residential houses; San Julian, E. Samar – Layug Bridge obtained cracks; and San Pedro, Quinapondan – San Pedro bridge slightly tilted but still passable.
Last night’s earthquake distressed individuals in EV region who are still suffering trauma from the strong quake last Friday. Even those outside the region and outside the country are worried for their respective families at home. The earthquake, as well as the bad weather frets netizens from the said region. Kristine Cyrelle Mae Vejera, who resides in Tacloban but hails from Guiuan, Eastern Samar said “Earthquake, lightning and thunder. Plus I live in a very tall building. Lord please give me strength. I’m not a cry baby but this situation is intolerable”, in her FB wall post.
Amid fear, some netizens resorted to their undettered faith. Vernalyn dela Rosa who said (in Waray language) in her FB status said “Lord, ikaw na po it bahala hit akon pamilya Heavenly Father. Please umabot man it amon kinakahadlukan, aram namon nga aada ka Pagtutugwayan Mo it mga tawo ha amon tikang hit pinakalagas ngada hit pinakabata. Father, we can never ask for more Your love and Wisdom is all we need to live by. Amen.”. Dela Rosa, working in the UAE is from Maydolong, Eastern Samar.
The quake was also felt in the EV capital, Tacloban City, Leyte. No reported damages or casualties.