By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – A tectonic earthquake continues to shake Siargao island in Surigao del Norte province, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
The series of earthquakes that struck Siargao for the past 24 hours prompted Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas and Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas ll to place on “alert status” all rescue teams and members of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) in the province and municipalities down to barangays in the island in preparation for major tremors.
“I ordered them (DRRMCs) to be of standby alert in their respective stations for any possible assistance to villagers, especially those in the coastal areas,” said Gov. Matugas, in a phone interview.
In its latest bulletin, Phivolcs said a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 2:09 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 26). The epicenter was plotted 63 kilometers (km) northeast of the town of Burgos, Siargao Island. The tremor has a shallow depth of only 3 km, Phivolcs said.
The earthquake was tectonic in origin and no tsunami alert was raised by the state agency.
On Tuesday (Sept. 25), a 4.6 magnitude tremor was also registered at 12:12 p.m., Phivolcs said. The epicenter was traced 39 km northeast of nearby town of General Luna. The tremor also had a shallow depth of only 6 km.
Earlier, at 10:16 a.m. on the same day (Sept. 25), a magnitude 4.8 earthquake was also recorded and its epicenter was pinpointed 65 km northeast of Burgos town again, with a shallow depth of 4 km.
All earthquakes that struck Siargao Island,which faces the Pacific Ocean, were tectonic in origin and no tsunami alert was raised by the state agency.
The Surigao del Norte DRRMC and DRRMCs in the nine towns of Siargao island reported no damage or injury as of reporting time.