Earthquake leaves 20 Iloilo City buildings with cracks

February 9, 2012 11:32 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 9 – The city engineer’s office (CEO) has reported a total of 6 government buildings and 14 private commercial buildings in the central downtown business district (CBD) to have suffered cracks caused by the earthquake’s Intensity 6 last Monday, February 6.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the earthquake jolted the whole Visayas area and Iloilo City suffered Intensity 5 as reported by Philvocs.

The five-storey Justice Ramon Q. Avanceña Hall of Justice suffered deflection of a portion of the second floor and ground floor slabs while there are noticeable cracks on the walls of most offices and cracks on the exterior walls.

Similarly, vibrations on the second floor holding the Office of the Prosecutor was already noticed even before the February 6 earthquakes.

The inspection team recommended the temporary closure of the Hall of Justice portions affected by the earthquake until such time rehabilitation and remedial measures are in place.

Other government buildings with superficial cracks are the Registry of Deeds, City Social Hall building, SPED school, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue. The PhilHealth Office, renting a building owned by businessman Alfonso Tan, also suffered widening of existing detached bottom slab and cracks on the third floor.

The CBD heritage buildings with superficial cracks are the PNB building, Powell building, Masonic Temple building, Regent Arcade, Villanueva-Jamandre building, Javellana building, Hoskyn’s building that houses the Sam Shoe Emporium and Washington Supermart, among others also suffered cracks on the exterior and interior parts.

Also reported with superficial cracks are the Divinagracia building that houses Elsans and other stores, Fatima building that houses F&C Pawnshop and others, Villanueva building that houses AD Sarabia Pawnshop and others, Dulalia building that houses Tai Lai, Fashion Line and others, Dominique Mall building that houses Unitop Store, S. Villanueva building that houses Go Shop, Hua Bee, Otani, among others, and the Nr De Thuat and Sons building that houses MLhuiller and Parisian Shoe, among others.

The city engineering office report also recommended the inspection and validation to be conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways. (PNA)

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