EARTHQUAKE STRIKES LA CARLOTA CITY

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake awakened La Carloteños at around 1:01 AM and 2:06 AM today, June 22. A series of aftershocks was recorded until 6:14 AM. The epicenter is located between Bago City and La Carlota City. This was the strongest earthquake to hit the city in recent years.
Mayor Rex Jalando-on convened the La Carlota City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LCCDRRMC) at 10:30AM at the City Mayor’s Office to discuss the necessary and appropriate actions. In addition to the members of the LCCDRRMC, Zeaphard Caelian, PhD, Head of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division of Negros Occidental and Mari-Andylene Quintia, Science Research Specialist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Station based in La Carlota City, also came to shed light on the event. According to Dr. Caelian, the earthquake might be tectonic in origin. He said that there might be a fault line that was not discovered along the epicenter. He also added that the activity is volcanic in origin. Since June 13, Kanla-on Volcano has been producing 400 tons of magma per day as against the alarming level of 1,000 tons daily. Nonetheless, he does not discount the possibility that the earthquake may also be volcanic in origin or both tectonic and volcanic. The results of the analysis will be available tomorrow, June 23. Ms. Quintia informed that the intensity of the earthquake was strong enough to be picked up by Phivolcs stations in Guimaras, Guihulngan, Candoni and Cadiz. Dr. Caelian emphasized that the response of the city should depend on the Alert Level. La Carlota City is on Alert Level 1 but should begin evacuation when it reaches Alert Level 3. He recommended that the LGU should review its contingency plans, hazard maps and evacuation plans as well as raise public awareness. He assured that the province and the region are ready to support the LGU. Doc Rex instructed the LCCDRRMC to set up the Command Center and to activate the Incident Command System (ICS). He also instructed to mobilize the Barangay Disaster Risk-Reduction and Management Council.

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