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1,026 aftershocks
strike, Kanlaon safe – Phivolcs

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology yesterday assured that the Magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit Monday and its succeeding 1,026 aftershocks had not triggered any volcanic activity at the Mt. Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on PHIVOLCS to closely monitor Mt. Kanlaon following the earthquake that hit Negros Island.

The water supply in Murcia and Moises Padilla towns located close to the volcano turned brown after the quake, Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano and Moises Padilla Mayor Francisco Nazareno said.
Montelibano said firetrucks were bringing clean water to Barangay Minoyan in Murcia that did not have potable water.

The mayors attributed this to movement of the earth during the quake.
At the Mambukal Resort in Murcia, the sulfur water coming from the volcano had also receded.

Esfeca Del Mundo, spokesperson of the PHIVOLCS volcanology division, yesterday said, so far, they have not monitored any volcanic activity at Mt. Kanlaon.

In fact she said there was zero volcanic quakes since yesterday.

The murky water coming out of springs in areas near Mt. Kanlaon may have been caused by earth movement unrelated to the volcano, she said.

Meanwhile, quakes continue to shake Negros Island.

Vincent Soriano, PHILVOLCS siesmology division researcher, told the DAILY STAR that since the 11:49 a.m. quake Monday until 6 p.m. yesterday they recorded 1,026 aftershocks, 61 of which were felt.

The strongest aftershock was at 6:10 p.m. Monday at magnitude 6.2 and at 7:47 a.m. and at noon yesterday at magnitude 4 with Tayasan as the epicenter, he said.

Meanwhile, Nazareno said that in Moises Padilla, five classrooms and the market were also damaged by the quake.*CPG

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