Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Strong quakes jolt Masbate

Two strong earthquakes jolted parts of Masbate province this Tuesday morning, March 6.

The first quake, of tectonic origin and with magnitude 5.2 struck at around 7:06 AM, three kilometers north of Masbate City. A few minutes minutes later, another quake struck and measured magnitude 3.5 in the Richter scale.

Masbate City Mayor Socrates Tuason said in an interview there was no initial report of damage or casualty, but added that they are now inspecting buildings for damage from the quake.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was traced 3 km north of Masbate City, where it was dsecribed as "very strong". The quake was also felt at nearby areas including Irosin and Cabid-an in Sorsogon City (moderately strong) and Legazpi City in Albay (slightly felt)

Philvocs also said damages and aftershocks are expected.

Last February 6, a magnitude 6.9-quake hit the Negros area, killing 55 people, where most of the fatalities came from Guihulngan City and La Libertad town in Negros Oriental.

Photos: PRC Masbate, Twitter

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