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Aftershocks continue to hit northern Negros

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 26 – Close to 2,000 earthquakes have already been recorded in Negros Island by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) following the main shock registering a 6.9 magnitude last Feb. 6.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Philvocs Seismic Station in Sibulan, Negros Oriental reported a total of 1,978 aftershocks, 123 of which were felt in various intensities in different parts of Negros Island.

Engr. Joe Molas, science analyst researcher of the Sibulan Seismic Station, said the latest aftershocks of varying intensities and magnitudes were recorded in the vicinity of Sipalay and Isabela in Negros Occidental, and in Tayasan, Ayungon and Guihulngan in Negros Oriental.

Some residents in Bais City and other central and northern parts of the province also reported of having felt the ground shaking on Saturday and Sunday.

It was not immediately known when the quakes will stop as geologists scramble to determine what is perceived to be a blind thrust fault between the islands of Cebu and Negros.

At least 57 people have been confirmed dead, with 58 others missing and more than 60,000 families displaced following the powerful earthquake that also left millions of pesos in infrastructure damage in Negros Oriental alone. (PNA) RMA/JFP

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