UPDATE: 6 dead, 108 injured after magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao

MANILA, Philippines - (Updated as of 1:50 p.m. Saturday) Six dead and 108 were injured after the powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off in Surigao City on Friday evening, February 10.

Parkway Hotel damage Surigao quake
Portion of Parkway Hotel in Surigao City damaged by 6.7 quake. Photo Credit: Twitter/PIA Agusan del Norte
This was confirmed by Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) CARAGA and Surigao del Norte Provincial Information Center Officer Mary Jul Escalante on ANC.

NOTE: This report has been corrected, with previous report as of 10 a.m. from Surigao disaster risk management council officer Ramon Gotinga in his interview with DZBB, which says that death toll rose to 15.

Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas in her inteview with DZMM Teleradyo Matugas said that the province is still in chaos with the residents are in state of shock due to the extent of damage brought by the strong earthquake.

PHOTOS: Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Surigao City

The governor added that electricity in 2 municipalities was down and 3 bridges were destroyed.

As of press time, the total affected families has yet to be determined by the provincial office.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said that the Department of Social Worker and Development (DSWD) Regional Office has prepositioned 8, 258 family food packs to geographically hard-to-reach areas. The DSWD Regional Warehouse has a stockpile of 14,637 family packs. The DSWD Field Office has a stockpile of 14,637 family packs and standby fund amounting to Php2,895,921.91. There are reports of evacuees that are now subject for validation.

In a report by Interaksyon, Matugas said engineering teams were scrambling to fix alternative routes, and worried that the province had been cut off by the damage to the airport runway, which forced its closure to commercial planes.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Phils (CAAP) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) which says that Surigao Airport will be closed until March 10.

Meanwhile, there's no advice yet of flight cancellation, according to Manila International Airport Authority.

Public Information Officer Eric Apolonio advised to use Butuan airport as alternative.

PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum told DZMM that the cause of 6.7 magnitude last night was the movement of the Philippine Fault Zone, Surigao segment.

As of 5 a.m, 89 aftershocks were recorded by PHIVOLCS with highest magnitude of 3.9.

The most powerful earthquake that hit Surigao was magnitude 6.9 in 1879, which hit the southern side of the province.

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