Ilonggos vacate city hall after quake

ILOILO CITY — Employees of the city hall here and people who were finishing their transactions evacuated from the building around 4:10 p.m on Thursday after an earthquake was felt.

The evacuees transferred to the Plaza Libertad, just in front of the city hall.

In an advisory of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), a magnitude-6.5 earthquake occurred at 4:03 p.m, with its epicenter located at eight kilometers, west of Jaro, Leyte.

The tectonic earthquake had a depth of two kilometers.

The earthquake was felt at Intensity 5 in Tacloban City, Palo, Leyte, Cebu City; Intensity 4 in Talosa, Leyte; Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Burgos, Surigao del Norte; Intensity 3 in Bogo City, Cebu; Calatrava Negros Occidental; Intensity 2 in Libjo, San Jose, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands; and Intensity 1 in Roxas City and La Carlota City, Negros Occidental.

Security guards on duty at the city hall building guided the people while they were slowly walking to leave the building.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in this city together with the City Engineering Office inspected the area to secure no one was left trapped inside the building.

Meanwhile, the ongoing meeting of the city’s peace and order council (CPOC), conducted at the seventh floor of the building, was suspended due to the earthquake.

The City’s BFP declared the building clear and safe at around 4:35 p.m.

Some employees went back the building to get their belongings while others went home. Cindy Ferrer/