Philvocs raises quake’s severity to 7 in Ormoc City, Kananga town

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Map showing areas affected by the July 6, 2017 tremor from Phivolcs

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Thursday night raised to 7 the intensity of the earthquake that was felt in Ormoc City and Kananga town in Leyte province.

Phivolcs increased the tremor’s severity after receiving reports of significant damage to infrastructures as well as incidents of landslides in the two areas.

The institute had recorded at least 72 aftershocks following the magnitude 6.5 temblor that occurred at 4:03 p.m. and caused a three-story building in Kananga to collapse, killing a man from Ormoc and hurting at least 20 people.

Below are photos from netizens of houses and other establishments damaged by the quake:

Also, Phivolcs added places where the quake was felt in the following intensities:

Intensity VI – Jaro and Capoocan, Leyte

Intensity V – Palo, Leyte; Tacloban City; Cebu City; Mandaue City

Intensity IV – Catbalogan City; Cabucgayan and Naval, Biliran; Tolosa and Bato, Leyte
Hinunangan, Southern Leyte; Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Burgos, Surigao del Norte;
Biliran, Leyte

Intensity III – Bogo City and Talisay, Cebu; Roxas City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Inopacan and Baybay, Leyte; Sogod, Southern Leyte; Calatrava, Negros Occidental; Tagbilaran
City; Jagna, Bohol; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Guihulngan City and Tayasan, Negros
Oriental; Cadiz City and Toboso, Escalante, Negros Occidental

Intensity II – Libjo, San Jose, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands; Sorsogon City; Lapu-lapu City; San Juan, Southern Leyte; Javier, Leyte; Tanjay City and Sibulan, Negros Oriental;
Sorsogon City; Dumaguete City

Intensity I – La Carlota City, Negros Occidental; Catarman, Northern Samar