UST engineers together with officials from the UST Facilities Management Office and Security Office inspect the 90-year-old Main Building following Monday's magnitude 6.1 earthquake. (Photo by Joselle Czarina S. de la Cruz)

April 23, 2019, 8:30 p.m. — UST ENGINEERS said Tuesday they found no major damage on buildings in the campus following Monday’s magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

Civil Engineering department head Rodelio Tiburcio said they found cracks in the Beato Angelico Building but said these were not “structural defects.”

The building, inaugurated in 1993, houses the College of Fine Arts and Design, College of Architecture and the UST Publishing House

“Lahat ng buildings dito sa UST walang structural defect, naikot namin and puwede na [silang] ma-occupy immediately,” Tiburcio told the Varsitarian.

UST suspended classes and office work on Tuesday for the inspection of “structural integrity” of buildings in the campus.

The Facilities Management Office together with the Security Office and other UST engineers, led the inspection early this morning.

The Office of the Secretary General has announced that classes and office work in the University will resume tomorrow, April 24 (Wednesday) following today’s inspection.

The earthquake, which struck parts of Luzon including Metro Manila on Monday, has left 16 people dead and 112 injured in the provinces of Pampanga and Zambales, the epicenter of the quake.

At UST Legazpi in Bicol, no damage was reported. Intensity 3 was felt in Legazpi City in Albay following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Eastern Samar.

“I called up my [Dominican] brothers there and apparently no damage in the university and in the city occurred during the earthquake,” said Rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P., who was in Manila. With reports from Kevin A. Alabaso and Joselle Czarina S. de la Cruz


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