DFA: No Filipinos hurt in Alaska magnitude 7 quake
No Filipinos were reported injured following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked Anchorage, Alaska on Friday morning, Alaska time.
The assurance was given by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday as it continues to monitor the situation.
“The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, which has jurisdiction over Alaska, is also in touch with leaders of the Filipino Community in Anchorage who reported that no Filipino was among those initially reported to have been injured in the earthquake,” the DFA said in a statement.
Back-to-back strong quakes were recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey, leaving highways and buildings badly damaged.
READ: Back-to-back earthquakes shatter roads and windows in Alaska
Consul General Henry Bensurto said more than 25,000 Filipinos are residing in Alaska.
Bensurto said Filipinos make up 52 percent of Alaska’s Asian and Pacific Islander population and represents the largest racial minority in Anchorage.
Bensurto has requested the Office of Foreign Missions of the Department of State to provide further details on the situation of Filipinos in Alaska following the strong quake.
Filipinos in the area have been asked to seek shelter, prepare for possible aftershocks, and avoid unnecessary road travel for safety purposes, Bensurto said. /muf
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