Leyte jolt injures six

TACLOBAN CITY — The Philippine National Police here disclosed on Monday that at least six people were hurt when a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck a town in Leyte Sunday night.

The police identified the injured as Leah Delima, Jean Rosa Abilar, Flora Mae Lugo, Ma. Elena Quir, Luciano Quir and Althea Sofia Abarca, all residents of Leyte town in Leyte province. They suffered minor injuries.

It was not immediately disclosed how the six victims were hurt.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the tremor struck 3 kilometers southeast of Leyte town around 8:28 p.m.

Mayor Arnold James Ysidoro declared on Monday a suspension of work and classes at all levels in the town to ensure the safety of workers and learners.

“We have deployed five groups composed of department heads and personnel from different offices to assess the damage caused by the earthquake,” Ysidoro said.

The mayor also urged residents to report visible cracks to their village officials or the local disaster risk reduction management office.

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