At least six persons were hurt while several houses were damaged when a powerful magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Abra and nearby provinces in Northern Luzon on Tuesday night, Oct. 25.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) started assessing the extent of damage caused by the earthquake, the epicenter of which was recorded in Tineg town at 10:59 p.m.
Based on initial report released Wednesday morning, Oct. 26, at least six persons were hurt and six houses were totally damaged in Lagayan, Abra when the earthquake struck in the middle of the night.
The Lagayan municipal disaster risk reduction and management council (MDRRMC) said it immediately provided relief assistance and food items for the affected families.
Meanwhile, landslides and rockslides were also reported along the Abra-Ilocos Norte road, the Office of Civil Defense in Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR) said.
A separate situational report released by the NDRRMC National Operations Center said that the national road in Brgy. Labben and a local road in Brgy. Centro East both in Allacapan, Cagayan were damaged by the quake, affecting motorists.
Initial assessment also revealed that a residential unit was damaged in Brgy. Punta, Aparri, Cagayan.
Residents in Brgy. Centro East in Allacapan and several barangays in Gattaran, Cagayan were also blanketed by darkness as the earthquake resulted to power interruption.
The full picture of the earthquake’s damage is expected to be seen once the NDRRMC finishes consolidating reports from DRRM offices of affected areas.