5.9 magnitude quake strikes Philippines’ Leyte island

A 5.9 magnitude quake Monday morning (July 10) rocked a central Philippine island of Leyte still reeling from a 6.5 magnitude tremor last Thursday, The New Straits Times Online reported on Monday quoting AFP.

There are no immediate reports of casualties or damages from Leyte island near Ormoc, a town of about 200,000 residents at 9.41 am at a relatively shallow depth of 12.7 kilometres.

Two people were killed and 72 injured in Ormoc in last Thursday’s quake.  The town remains without electricity after the Leyte power station was damaged.

Mayor Richard Gopmez of Ormoc said lives are back to normal minus the electricity.  He expected power to be restored this evening or, at most, in the next 2-3 days, according to The Manila Times Online on Monday.

Gomez said five villages were affected by the tremor with some 500 homes need to be repaired.

The Ormoc airport resumed operations on Saturday (July 8) after a thorough inspection by aviation officials.