By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City — A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Siargao Island yesterday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas, chairperson of the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC) immediately mobilized personnel and rescue teams in the Pacific Ocean facing the island of Siargao to check the status of the residents and infrastructure there, especially those along the coastal areas.
However, she said in a phone interview that no damage or injury reported as of press time.
In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the strong tremor was recorded at 9:06 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.
The epicenter was plotted 31 kilometers northeast of Burgos town, in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte province, with a depth of 32 km., Phivolcs said.
Intensity IV was recorded at Burgos town proper while Intensity III also registered in Surigao City and Hinunangan, Southern Leyte, the state agency said.
Intensity 1 was also registered in Palo, Leyte, Borongan City, Eastern Samar and Catbalogan City, Samar, it said.