Quake jolts Baguio City after simultaneous drill

BAGUIO CITY –- The lessons learned from a simultaneous earthquake drill were put to practice after only after a few hours when an actual earthquake was experienced here.

Office of Civil Defense–Cordillera Regional Office (OCD-CAR) information officer Ivy Carasi confirmed that the first recorded earthquake on March 22 was measured at magnitude 3.0 at 11:34 a.m.

She said three more aftershocks followed and the last was felt at 5:38 p.m.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported two more earthquakes at 11:37 a.m. with a magnitude of 2.4, and at 1:08 p.m. with a magnitude of 2.5, Carasi said.

The last aftershock was felt at 5:37 p.m. with a magnitude 2.8, she added.

The scheduled earthquake drill was conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) – Baguio City Schools Division Office at 9 a.m. Wednesday, participated by all 67 public elementary and high schools, simultaneously, in coordination with the OCD-CAR, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Baguio-Benguet Public Information Civic Action Group (BBPICAG). Tarla Tingal/PNA-northboundasia.com