IN PHOTOS: People evacuate after magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Visayas

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IN PHOTOS: People evacuate after magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Visayas
The earthquake prompts evacuations in Samar, Tacloban City, Leyte, Bacolod City, Iloilo, and Cebu

MANILA, Philippines – After a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck parts of the Visayas on Tuesday, April 23, several schools, commercial and residential buildings, and establishments were evacuated to ensure people’s safety.

The earthquake happened a day after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted parts of Luzon on Monday, April 22. 

In a bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of Tuesday’s earthquake was located in San Julian, Eastern Samar.

The earthquake prompted evacuations in Samar, Tacloban City, Leyte, Bacolod City, Iloilo, and Cebu. People who evacuated were only allowed to enter buildings after they’ve gotten clearance from the establishments. (READ: All you need to know about preparing for earthquakes)

According to Phivolcs, affected persons may stay indoors if they are already within a structurally sound building or home. As a precautionary measure, Phivolcs advised people to find the nearest exit and move to an open area that’s far away from trees, power lines, posts, and concrete structures.

Here are photos of some evacuations prompted by Tuesday’s earthquake:

Samar

SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY. Photo by Andrea Mendoza

SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY. Photo by Andrea Mendoza

Leyte

ROBINSONS NORTH TACLOBAN. Photo by Danver Moquia

ROBINSONS NORTH TACLOBAN. Photo by Danver Moquia

TACLOBAN CITY. Photo by Fenna Joyce Moscare/Center for Disaster Preparedness

EASTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY. Photo by Clifford Colibao/Rappler

EASTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY. Photo by Clifford Colibao/Rappler

EASTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY. Photo by Clifford Colibao/Rappler

LEYTE NORMAL UNIVERSITY. Photo by Oliver Diaz

PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. Photo by Art Lubiano/Rappler

PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. Photo by Art Lubiano/Rappler

ABUYOG COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Photo by Jessica Alvero

ABUYOG COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Photo by Jessica Alvero

ABUYOG COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Photo by Jessica Alvero

Bacolod City

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PROVINCIAL CAPITOL. Photo by Twitter user @JPaul_6100

Iloilo

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES HIGH SCHOOL IN ILOILO. Photo by Hannah Neri

Cebu City

UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS-TALAMBAN. Photo by Rhea Asibal

UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS-TALAMBAN. Photo by Rhea Asibal

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