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On July 27 at 4:16 a.m., a magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolted the Philippine island of Itbayat for what seemed like a few seconds. The aftermath of the quake left severe damages to buildings, almost 100 people injured, and five dead.
“While people are still trying to recover, a stronger quake, recorded at magnitude 5.9 ensued at 7:37 a.m. resulting in the death of three more people,” according to Jerry Requillo, program manager for ADRA in the Philippines.
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Letty Cultura, a community resident who endured the two quakes, was still shaking. “During Typhoon Ferdie in 2016, people were laughing the following morning because our houses were without roofs, but this time, we are all crying because the damage is worse and we don’t know what to do.”
The northern municipality of Itbayat has a population of more than 2,800 people and includes a main island by the same name as well as five other, mostly uninhabited islands. Distance and difficulty to reach the islands, however, deter most tourists from visiting the island. Typically, it takes travelers two hours by boat and 15 minutes by a charter plane to reach Itbayat, but when there is torrential weather, the boat rides could be prolonged for days or weeks. Itbayat also...
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