Initial Surigao quake damage reaches P665.7-M

The epicenter

Villaces and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) officials, together with Rappler and other media, flew to Barangay Talisay, Nonoc Island, the epicenter of the quake on Monday afternoon.

The barangay suffered little to no damage, contrary to what officials were expecting.

Teacher Ermilinda Ytac shared that the shaking was scary but there was no damage to the houses in the barangay.

The old wooden stilt house of teacher Shahani Pearl Duero, meanwhile, collapsed on Sunday after a series of aftershocks. Duero was quick to point out, however, that their house was made of light material.

Concrete houses in the island were left unscathed, the roads have little signs of cracks, unlike the mainland.

Vic Sapinit, Human Resource Officer of Pacific Nickel Philippines Inc., based in Nonoc Island, shared they had no idea the epicenter of the quake was the island itself.

“We felt the ground shake, it was like the sound of a rolling thunder, only that the thunder is underground, it was very scary,” Sapinit said.

Villaces said that they are making sure that the residents in the island are being taken care of, “But as it is, there is no sign of damages, the opposite of what we are expecting."

Villaces said that data is being updated and all commercial and public buildings damaged by the quake will be assessed. Classes in all levels remain suspended until further notice. –