Tuesday, 07 February 2012 12:09
Schools in Cebu City and in Metro Cebu suspended afternoon classes in secondary, elementary and pre-school departments after a 6.8-magnitude temblor jolted Cebu and nearby provinces at 11:49 a.m. Monday.
Hundreds of students from the University of San Carlos North Campus can be seen lining up along Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City, as of 1:40 p.m.
Witnesses said the earthquake was strong enough for one standing on the ground to lose balance.
"I can feel the ground shaking," Judith Manal of D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City, told the PNA.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage on high-rise and skyscrapers in Cebu City.
But radio reports said the Social Security System building on Osmena Blvd., this city, sustained some broken window glasses.
Major shopping malls in Cebu City, among them SM City-Cebu at the reclamation area, JY Square in Lahug and the Ayala Center Cebu, were immediately evacuated of thousands of customers after the quake.
The Cebu City Hall was also evacuated and hundreds of workers were still at the Magellan's Cross Park across the legislative building.
Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms at the Asiatown IT Park in Lahug also ordered their workers to evacuate their high-rise buildings.
All courts at the Marcelo B. Fernan Hall of Justice also suspended hearings in the afternoon for fear of aftershocks.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza said there were no immediate reports of damage among the buildings, hotels and resorts in her city.
Building inspectors were checking on the buildings, she said.
Cebu City traffic enforcers reported that some traffic lights were affected by the earthquake, causing heavy traffic in some major intersections in the city.
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