Magnitude 5 earthquake hits Baguio City


Posted at Feb 18 2011 07:53 AM | Updated as of Feb 19 2011 12:02 AM

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - A magnitude 5 earthquake hit parts of northern Luzon on Friday morning.

The earthquake struck at 6:20 a.m. at around 10 kilometers northwest of La Trinidad, Benguet, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.

The moderately strong earthquake was felt at Intensity 4 in Baguio City, Intensity 3 in San Fernando, La Union, and Intensity 2 in Burgos, Ilocos Sur.

PHIVOLCS said the shallow earthquake was tectonic in origin and that it expects aftershocks.

However, PHIVOLCS said it does not expect any damage from the earthquake.

Based on PHIVOLCS' Earthquake Intensity Scale, an Intensity 4 earthquake has this general impact:

IV Moderately Strong - Felt generally by people indoors and by some people outdoors. Light sleepers are awakened. Vibration is felt like a passing of heavy truck. Hanging objects swing considerably. Dinner, plates, glasses, windows and doors rattle. Floors and walls of wood framed buildings creak. Standing motor cars may rock slightly. Liquids in containers are slightly disturbed. Water in containers oscillate strongly. Rumbling sound may sometimes be heard.

On July 16, 1990, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated parts of Baguio City and northern and central Luzon.

Over 1,200 people died and nearly 2,700 injured in the "killer earthquake." It caused P10 billion in damage to properties.