5 museums in earthquake-hit areas temporarily closed
MANILA, Philippines — Five museums affected by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Abra are temporarily closed, the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Following are the temporarily closes museums:
- Ilocos Regional Museum Complex in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
- Cagayan Valley Regional Museum in Peñablanca, Cagayan
- Batanes Area Museum in Uyugan, Batanes
- Cordillera Rice Terraces Site Museum in Kiangan, Ifugao
- Kabayan Burial Caves Site Museum in Kabayan, Benguet
“These facilities will be closed to the public for the time being until a complete assessment has been made to ensure that the integrity of these structures remains intact,” the NMP said.
The NMP said the personnel of the museums had started making a “constant effort” to appraise the effects of the earthquake on their buildings.
Five people died when the tremor hit northeast of Langilang, Abra, at 8:43 a.m, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
As of this writing, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has recorded 280 aftershocks.