6.5-magnitude Earthquake Strikes Visayas

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the Visayas region at 4:03PM on today, Thursday. The quake particularly hit Central Visayas.

The epicenter of the earthquake was reoported to be eight kilometers southwest from Jaro in the town of Leyte.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the earthquake was an inland hit, striking a shallow depth of two kilometers. No further tsunami warnings were raised.
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Phivolcs stated that considering the magnitude of the earthquake, damage is to be expected. However, no immediate injuries nor casualties were reported to be resulted by the disaster.

Leyte Governor, Leopoldo Dominico stated in a radio interview that the quake hit the mountain area separating Canhadugan and Ormoc city.

He also said that he still has to verify the received reports on the damages that the earthquake further caused such as cracks on some roads in Valencia in Ormoc City.

In addition to these damages, the earthquake was reported to have caused a brownout currently experienced in Palo in Leyte and in Tacloban City. This is according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

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The initial magnitude of the earthquake was placed at 6.9 magnitude by the US Geological Survey.

The 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the following areas in Central and Eastern Visayas:

Intensity V:  Palo, Leyte; Tacloban City; Cebu City; Mandaue City; Ormoc City

According to the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS), the strength of intensity five "is strong and generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors. Strong shaking and rocking is felt throughout a building where hanging objects swing violently and dining utensils clatter. Small, light and unstable objects may topple over while liquids could spill from open containers. Vehicles can be observed to rock."

Intensity IV: Catbalogan City; Cabucgayan and Naval, Biliran; Tolosa and Bato, Leyte; Hinunangan, Southern Leyte; Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Burgos, Surigao del Norte; Biliran, Leyte

"Intensity IV is moderately strong and may be felt by some people indoors and outdoors. The vibration felt is similar to that of a passing heavy truck and hanging objects swing considerably.Dinner, plates, glasses, windows and doors rattle while floors and walls of wood framed buildings creak. Standing motor cars may rock slightly while liquids in containers are slightly disturbed. A rumbling sound may sometimes be heard." [based on Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS)]

Intensity III: Bogo City and Talisay, Cebu; Roxas City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Inopacan and Baybay, Leyte; Sogod, Southern Leyte; Calatrava, Negros Occidental; Tagbilaran City; Jagna, Bohol; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Guihulngan City and Tayasan, Negros Oriental; Cadiz City and Toboso, Escalante, Negros Occidental

"Intensity III is described as weak and is felt by people indoors, particularly those in the upper floors of buildings, and dizziness and nausea may be experienced by some. The vibration felt is similar to that of a passing light truck and suspended objects may swing moderately." [based on Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS)]

Intensity II: Libjo, San Jose, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands; Sorsogon City; Lapu-lapu City; San Juan, Southern Leyte; Javier, Leyte; Tansay and Sibulan, Negros Oriental; Sorsogon City

Intensity I: La Carlota City, Negros Occidental; Catarman, Northern Samar.

The vibration was also felt in Panay Island.

Source: Inquirer