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Alisto! Erap checks out tilted school building hours after Luzon quake

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Manila mayor Joseph Estrada wasted no time in inspecting a school building that tilted close to another structure hours after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Luzon Monday.

Estrada arrived at UN Avenue shortly after Tuesday midnight to check out the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) building, which leaned towards the adjacent UN Residences building during the earthquake.

He ordered local officials to thoroughly check the EAC’s structural integrity immediately.

City Engineer Roger Legazpi has said that the EAC building might have tilted as a result of soil liquefaction, which happens when loosely packed sediments at or near the ground weakens during a strong ground shaking.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said he already told EAC officials against using the building again.