Published: Monday 05 February, 2018

Earthquake Scare in Baguio City as Classes & Office Work Suspended

An Intensity 4 earthquake was felt in Baguio City Monday morning. The earthquake, which was traced by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to some 7 kilometers southeast of Baguio, prompted the suspension of classes and work.

Baguio earthquake

The Baguio City earthquake was only 3.4 in magnitude but was felt at Intensity 4. (Phivolcs)

According to data from Phivolcs, the 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at 8:42 AM of Monday. But it was felt at Intensity 4 in Baguio City. No damage to property nor casualties are expected from the moderate quake but it caused quite a scare among some residents.

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Saint Louis University suspended classes at all levels and likewise sent its employees home as a precaution, according to SLU Student Affairs Dean Andrew Macalma. Pines City Colleges also cancelled work and classes, according to the Inquirer.

It will be recalled that Baguio City was one of the hardest hit areas of the 1990 earthquake that hit parts of north and central Luzon, and was also felt in Metro Manila. Though the center of that earthquake was in Nueva Ecija, Baguio City suffered extensive damage. More than two dozen buildings collapsed including the Hyatt Terraces where around 80 employees and guests were killed.

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