Following the 6.7 magnitude quake that struck the north-eastern part of Mindanao, Surigao City was placed under state of calamity on February 11th. The office of civil defence says that more than 1,000 families in 58 villages have been affected. There were six people killed while hundreds were injured. Reports further show damages to hotels, roads, malls, schools, bridges and at least 300 houses.
“We have no power and water supply since last night. Thank God we’re safe but many lives were not spared,” says former World Vision staff Susan based in Surigao. Although authorities issued a no-tsunami-threat advisory, aftershocks were expected. As of February 11, 89 aftershocks ranging from 2.0 to 3.8 magnitude have been recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Photographs taken by our staff in the Philippines show some of the extensive damage in the aftermath of the earthquake.