Summary from The Inquirer
of Juliet Cataluña
The Batanes islands was rattled by an earthquake of 6.9 on Sunday, 16
July 2000 at around 11:30 am. Raymundo Punong Bayan, Philvocs director,
said the quake was a tectonic origin. He said the tremble was probably
caused by the movement of a fault line.
Photo: Boyboy Castro
landslides were reported in the volcano's (Mt. Iraya) slopes after
the quake, whose epicenter was traced at 33 kilometers southeast
of Basco. The volcano's watershed is Basco's principal source of
water. Townsfolk are afraid that water supply will not be restored
before Christmastime. Miaga water is not enough to supply the entire
town of Basco. Meantime, some people are buying water from Mahatao
at P50.00 per one drum.
The upper portion of the facade of the Sto.
Domingo Church fell while churches in other towns have minimal
damage. Most of the damaged houses are old and made of lime and
Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado, who is also a chair of the National
Disaster Coordinating Council, said the quake damaged at least P50 million
worth of property in the island-province.
At least six people suffered bruises and cuts due to falling rocks and
debris. Mostly came from the southern part of the Batan Island. They were
taken to the Batanes General Hospital for treatment. All the victims were
given P5000.00 each from Mr. Mercado.
Mahatao town was reported to have a damaged of P2 million for property,
infrastructure and agriculture.
Basco town suffered P4 million in losses. Report said 5 percent of houses
in the town were declared unfit for occupancy, while 45 percent of the
houses were damaged. The town's water system was 50 percent damaged.
In Uyugan town, 29 houses were damaged, with losses placed at P5.1 million.
The town also suffered P8 million in damaged roads, bridges and water
system. Ivana, 30 percent of town's stone houses were damaged. The town
suffered P2 million in losses.
Report said that a week before Sunday's earthquake, the Ivatan were roused
from sleep by an intensity 6 earthquake.