Friday, July 3, 2015

Earthquake in the Philippines July 3, 2015

An earthquake with a preliminary reading of magnitude 6.0 struck the Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2015, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported.

Epicenter of the Philippines Earthquake on July 3, 2015
According to the EMSC, the tectonic quake hit at 2:43pm local time and centered at 27 northeast of Libas or 241km east of Cebu. The temblor had a depth of focus of 40km, it said.

Meanwhile, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which also gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude reading of 6.0, said it located the epicenter at 18km northwest of Santo Monica in the island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte.

Reports on social media sites say the quake was felt in the cities of Surigao, Cebu, Davao, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and nearby areas.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has not released its bulletin for the said earthquake, as of this posting.

Update: Phivolcs pegged the quake's magnitude at 6.1 and the depth of focus at 30km. It said that the epicenter was traced at sea 41km north of Burgos, Surigao del Norte. Phivolcs also said that tremors were felt at following intensities:

Intensity V- Surigao City; General Luna & Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte; Talacogon, Agusan del
Sur; and Carrascal, Surigao del Sur;
Intensity IV- Dinagat Island and Butuan City;
Intensity III - Tandag, Surigao del Sur; Balanginga & Guiuan, Eastern Samar; San Juan, Hinunangan & St. Bernard, Southern Leyte; Tacloban City, Palo & Dulag, Leyte; Lapulapu City;
Consolacion, Cebu; Gingoog, Misamis Oriental and Davao City;
Intensity II - Bislig City; Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur; Mambajao, Camiguin; and Cagayan de Oro City;  and
Intensity I - Polangco, Zamboanga del Norte; and Dipolog City.

Phivolcs added that no major damage is expected but it warned that the said quake will yield aftershocks.

The Philippines is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates collide causing frequent quakes. About 20 earthquakes hit the archipelago each day but most of them are too weak to be felt, past media reports said. FULL STORY...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Taiwan Formosa Water Park Explosion Injures Hundreds

Over 500 people were injured when a flammable powder exploded mid-air at a party on Saturday night at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Taiwan Formosa Water Park Explosion
According to Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with city's fire department, the accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder set off a fire near the stage in front of about 1,000 spectators during a "Color Play Asia" party.

Witnesses said the fire spread quickly after the powder was blown into the air.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that the fire was quickly brought under control.

As of 11am on Sunday, 516 burn injuries have been reported, 8 of which are life-threatening.

Taiwan Premier Mao Chih-kuo announced Sunday a ban on parties that use flammable colored powder. FULL STORY...

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