By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Another strong earthquake measuring 6.5-magnitude jolted Eastern Samar on Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon was struck by a deadly 6.1-magnitude tremor.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the 6.5-magnitude tremor was recorded around 1:37 p.m. Tuesday. Its epicenter was located 9 kilometers northwest of San Julian, Eastern Samar, and was initially measured as a 6.2-magnitude quake.
The latest quake sent terrified locals fleeing into the streets, with images on social media showing cracked roads, crumbling church walls, and shattered glass.
“No one started crying, but of course some panicked because it was really strong,” said Rey Estrobo, a supervisor at a hotel in Borongan town, near the epicenter.
“We’re still getting hit with aftershocks, even as we speak,” he told AFP.
The earthquake was felt as a “very strong” tremor at Intensity 6 in San Julian, and “strong” tremblor at Intensity 5 in Tacloban City; Catbalogan City; Gen. MacArthur, Salcedo and Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Naval, Biliran; Catarman, Northern Samar; and Palo and Pastrana, Leyte.
Meanwhile, it was “moderately strong” at Intensity 4 in Abuyog, Hilongos, Javier, Capoocan, Julieta, Baybay, Barogo, Jaro, MacArthur, Matalum, Villaba, Leyte; San Francisco, Southern Leyte; Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Iloilo City; Naga City; Sorsogon City; and Panganiban, Catanduanes.
Intensity 3 or “weak” tremor was felt in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental; Cabalian, Southern Leyte; Dimasalang, Masbate; Butuan City; and Cabadbaran City. It was Intensity 2 or “slight” shaking in Bago City; and Bacolod City.
Phivolcs said the earthquake was tectonic in origin, which was caused by ground shaking primarily due to the sudden movement in the earth’s plates.
The quake was considered shallow at a depth of 63 kilometers, thus the strong ground shaking.
It said there is a possibility of damage to property or loss of lives due to the earthquake and aftershocks are expected to occur.
But Phivolcs said there is no threat of tsunami due to the strong earthquake. (With a report from AFP)