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4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Siargao Island anew

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By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – A 4.3 magnitude earthquake jolted Siargao Island anew early Monday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

However, the provincial and municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs) reported no damage or injury in the said area.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the new earthquake was registered at 12:48 a.m. today.

The epicenter was traced 28 kilometers (km) northeast of General Luna town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte province.

The new tremor had a depth of 17 km, it said.

A 4.2 magnitude tremor was also registered at 10:39 p.m. on Sunday and its epicenter was plotted 42 km northeast of General Luna town with a shallow depth of 7 km, Phivolcs said.

The state agency also reported that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was also recorded at around 10:33 p.m. on the same day (Feb. 10). The epicenter was located 34 km northeast of that same town and island, with a shallow depth of only 8 km, it said.

As of press time, there were 13 mild earthquakes recorded this morning and majority of the tremors were of a magnitude 3.7 or weaker, Phivolcvs added in its bulletin.

Last Friday evening, a strong 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck in that same town and island, it was then followed by a series of mild aftershocks.

Iin a phone interview with local officials, they said the series of tremors did not inflict any damage or injury.

Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas and the province’s 1st District Rep. Francisco Jose “Bingo” F. Matugas ll alerted all rescue teams of the provincial and municipal DRRMCs, in an objective to promptly respond and provide any immediate assistance to affected residents.

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