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LGUs to determine class suspensions after magnitude 7.4 quake in Hinatuan

Local government units in Davao del Norte have been tasked to assess their respective areas to determine whether or not to push through with classes, following the magnitude 7.4 quake that hit Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur over the weekend.

The announcement was made by Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, who said local government units (LGUs) are expected to determine whether or not classes in their respective areas should push through.


“We expect the LGUs pagkatapos po ng kanilang pagsusuri, sila po ang magde-determine kung may suspension of classes bukas o wala,” he said in a public briefing on Sunday.


(We expect the LGUs, after their assessment, to determine whether or not there will be suspension of classes tomorrow.)


Latest official data show 529 families or 2,647 families affected by the quake, which killed a pregnant woman and left four others injured.


The magnitude 7.4 earthquake — initially measured at magnitude 6.9 — struck off Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 10:37 p.m. on Saturday, with reported intensities of up to Intensity VII.


State seismologists soon after issued a tsunami warning, cautioning owners of boats in harbors or shallow coastal waters to secure their vessels and to move away from the waterfront as a precaution.—RF, GMA Integrated News