Surigao City hit by magnitude 6.7 earthquake

Recently reported, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near Surigao City late Friday night.

Allegedly, the tremor which was tectonic in origin, hit at a depth of 4 kilometers at around 10:03 p.m., Phivolcs said.

The quake that hit near Surigao City was also reportedly measured magnitude 6.7 in the readings of the United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake that hit the areas in Surigao City has listed various intensities:

  • Intensity VI – Surigao City abd Pintuyan, Southern Leyte
  • Intensity V – Mandaue City, San Ricardo, Limasawa, and San Francisco, Southern Leyte
  • Intensity IV – Hinunangan, Southern Leyte, and Butuan City
  • Intensity III- Hibok-hibok, Camiguin, Tolosa and Tacloban, Leyte, Bislig City, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
  • Intensity II- Cagayan de Oro City, Talocogon City, Agusan del Sur, Dumaguete City, Cebu City

Also, there are Instrumental intensities listed as follows:

  • Intensity II- Bislig City
  • Intensity I- Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City

About an hour after the initial strong quake, aftershocks were felt in parts of Surigao del Norte: San Francisco, magnitude 3.8 at 11:09 p.m.; Surigao City, magnitude 2.7 at 11:25 p.m., and Libjo, magnitude 3.4 at 11:30 and 11:36 p.m., according to Phivolcs.

Thousands of residents in Surigao City panicked over rumors that the sea level was rising, which prompted them to seek higher ground at the provincial capitol building.

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said the temor is not expected to trigger a tsunami.

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