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PNP hoping for zero casualty in Eastern Samar quake

By: - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ
/ 07:07 PM April 23, 2019
PNP: No casualties so far reported in Eastern Samar after quake

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde PHOTO by Faye Orellana/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities are hoping that there will be no casualties in the new quake that hit the southern section of the country Tuesday.

Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said his office had not received an update yet on the magnitude 6.5 magnitude quake that jolted parts of Leyte and Samar as well as cities in Region V and the Bicol Region.

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READ: Phivolcs upgrades Eastern Samar earthquake to magnitude 6.5; Intensity 3 felt in Cebu

“Wala pang report yung mga iba’t ibang stations natin (We haven’t received reports from our stations). They’re still consolidating the different reports from the different stations as of this time,” Albayalde told reporters.

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“Hopefully, walang nadisgrasya doon (Hopefully, there will be no casualties or injuries),” he added.

So far, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that no damage had been reported yet as of 4 p.m.

READ: No reported damage in Cebu after magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Visayas, Bicol Region

Albayalde issued the statement on the sidelines of the retrieval operations at Chuzon supermarket in Porac, Pampanga where five individuals were killed.

The supermarket collapsed after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit parts of Luzon Monday.

Retrieval operations are still ongoing as of posting time. /ee

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