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|
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...