Monday, August 27, 2012

Two Earthquakes, measuring 6.6 and 4.5 in Magnitude, strikes Philippines

Two earthquakes measuring 6.6 and 4.5 on Richter scale shook Mindanao and Luzon, respectively.

The first earthquake measuring 6.6-magnitude struck off Sarangani, Davao del Sur at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, August 26, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

image credit: http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph
The earthquake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 92 kilometers. Its epicenter was located 390 kilometers southeast of Sarangani town.

Areas in Mindanao with reported various intensities:

Intensity IV - Davao City

Intensity III - General Santos City

Intensity II - Koronadal City; Tupi and Polomolok, South Cotabato

Phivolcs said aftershocks are expected from the earthquake. No damage was reported, as of posting.

Meanwhile, another moderately strong earthquake measuring 4.5-magnitude jolted Laoag City in Ilocos Norte at 12:28 p.m. Monday, August 27.

image credit: http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph
The earthquake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 12 kilometers. Its epicenter was located 18 kilometers southeast of Laoag City.

Several areas in Luzon have reported various intensities:

Intensity IV - Laoag City; Badoc; Currimao; Pasuquin & Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Batac City

Intensity III - Tuguegarao City; Dingras; Solsona; Nueva Era; Burgos; Pagudpod & Sinait, Ilocos Norte; Bangued, Abra

Intensity II - Vigan City; & Magsingal, Ilocos Norte

No damage was reported and no aftershocks were expected, Phivolcs said.

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