Ayala, SM Cebu malls reopen after quake
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ayala and SM groups have reopened their shopping malls in Cebu after closing them for building inspections following a powerful quake that hit Central Visayas Tuesday, October 15.
Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Consolacion and SM City Cebu resumed regular operations on Wednesday, October 16.
On its Facebook page, Ayala Center said: “Our structural consultants have declared Ayala Center Cebu as structurally safe and stable.”
Ayala followed up with an announcement that mall hours will be shortened to until 5 pm “to allow mall personnel to go home to their families earlier.”
SM also announced on Twitter that they reopened their malls Wednesday.
Operations of the Cebu malls were suspended Tuesday so personnel could check for damage on properties and ensure they are safe.
A 7.2-magnitude quake struck Central Visayas past 8 am Tuesday, killing 107 people and hurting 276 others based on the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The quake triggered landslides that engulfed homes, ripped apart bridges and tore down centuries-old churches. Telcos and power services, call center operations, and flights were also halted. – Rappler.com