Philippines Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Strikes Today

Philippines Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Strikes Today

After recent earthquakes in Vanuatu and New Zealand a new earthquake has struck today, this time off the coast of the Philippines. It was originally categorized as a magnitude 6.0 but has been downgraded to a magnitude 5.6. No tsunami warning has been issued.

The moderate earthquake struck at 9:09 pm local time on Saturday, that’s 13:09 UTC according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit the Samar region of the Philippines at a depth of 6.6 miles (10.7 km). The epicenter was 62 miles (101 km) north of Guiuan, Samar, 68 miles (111 km) northeast of Tacloban, Leyte, 76 miles (123 km) east of Calbayog, Samar or 367 miles (592 km) east-southeast of Manila, the capital.

The region is in the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ an area common for earthquake activity and where Vanuatu and New Zealand also lie. A spokeswoman for the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that no damage or injuries had been monitored by the council, according to NDTV. Duty officer Alex Flores said that Philippine seismologists measured the quake with a weaker magnitude of 4.7 and added, “They are expecting no aftershocks or damage.” The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology could not be reached for comment.

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  • Juedate

    there’s another earthquake today..much stronger magnitude of 6.8

  • http://www.cebu-philippines.net/index.html Patrick in Cebu

    I’m in Cebu and the quake was strongly felt in Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines. The earthquake was a jolting action, with sharp and quick shaking that lasted for about 30 seconds. Pretty scary actually, but no damage in Cebu.

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