Quake hits Central Visayas


Posted at Jan 01 2009 11:07 PM | Updated as of Jan 02 2009 07:07 AM

A Magnitude 4.7 quake was recorded in Central Visayas Thursday night, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

USGS said the tremor occurred 8:36 p.m. It said the earthquake’s epicenter was located 50 kilometers east southeast of Tagbilaran in Bohol province and 100 km south southeast of Cebu City.

It said it had a depth of 504.6 kilometers.

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hd struck General Santos City on Tuesday, according also to USGS, but there were no reports of casualties or damage.

The undersea quake struck at 11:20 a.m. around 96 kilometers southeast of the General Santos City on the island of Mindanao, the US agency said.

The quake was felt in various cities in Mindanao but was not large enough to cause any major damage or panic, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

A 6.2-magnitude quake was also detected off General Santos City on December 25.

The Philippines, an archipelago nation made up of more than 7,000 islands, sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. With a report from Agence France-Presse