By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – A magnitude 4.6 earthquake rocked Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte’s world renowned tourism and surfing haven Wednesday nights, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
Its epicenter was plotted 30 kilometers northwest of Burgos town in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte and had a depth of 10 kilometers, the state agency said.
The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) reported no casualties and considerable damage to infrastructure, although a number of foreign and local tourists panicked and sought higher ground, fearing a tsunami.
No aftershocks and tsunamis are expected as a result of the latetrs earthquake to jolt the Caraga region, Phivolcs assured.
It was registered at Intensity IV in the municipalities of Burgos, Santa Monica and San Benito, Intensity III in San Isidro and Intensity II in Socorro, Dapa and Del Carmen.
On Feb. 10, 2017, a magnitude 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolted Surigao del Norte and caused P2 billion in damages.