A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the island province of Masbate in the Philippines on August 18, 2020, leaving at least 2 dead and 170 injuries
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) initially reported a magnitude 6.5 earthquake striking at 8:03 am Philippine Standard Time (PST) in Cataingan, Masbate. The report was later revised to a magnitude 6.6 earthquake.
The earthquake was also felt in several parts of Luzon and the Visayas.
The fault from which the earthquake originated is located on the Masbate segment of the Philippine Fault System.
Several houses and buildings in Cataingan, Masbate collapsed due to the earthquake, including a three-storey building, its old and new public market, a police station, and the docking area of Cataingan Port. Several roads and buildings throughout Masbate were also damaged according to the Office of Civil Defense of the Bicol Region. Power lines were also toppled down in the province, resulting in an unscheduled power interruption
At least 170 people were injured, while two were confirmed dead; one retired policeman died after getting trapped when his house collapsed in Cataingan and one had a heart attack.
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