Magnitude 5.9 quake rocks Surigao, Leyte


Posted at Mar 05 2017 09:28 AM | Updated as of Mar 05 2017 01:12 PM

MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Surigao del Norte on Sunday morning and was felt in parts of nearby Leyte province, the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake's epicenter was located 13 kilometers southwest of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte. It struck at 8:18 a.m.

Intensity 6 was felt in Surigao City.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said this intensity, which is described as "very strong," may have caused some minor damage.

In Southern Leyte, meanwhile, intensity 4 was observed in Limasawa and San Ricardo towns, and intensity 3 was experienced in San Juan and San Francisco.

Intensity 2 was also felt in General Luna, Surigao del Norte.

Solidum said the tremor was an aftershock of the magnitude 6.7 quake that left at least 8 people dead and more than 200 others injured in Surigao earlier this month.

More aftershocks may follow Sunday's tremor, he added.

A magnitude 2.6 tremor rattled Del Carmen town at 09:11 a.m. while a magnitude 3.0 quake rattled nearby Basilaca town just 3 minutes after.

Solidum clarified that no tsunami warning was in effect.
Speaking to ANC on Sunday, Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said the earthquake left one person dead and another one injured.

In terms of infrastructure damage, Matugas said some buildings previously damaged by the magnitude 6.7 earthquake last February, have now collapsed due to the recent quake.

Locals stayed outside their homes following the tremor.

"Hindi nag-evacuate ang mga tao ngayon at the moment. Basta lumabas na lang sila sa bahay nila pero yung mga cracked walls noon nasira na tuloy ngayon," she said.

(Locals did not evacuate as of the moment. They just went out fo their homes but the cracked walls before are now destroyed.)

Matugas asked for the help of structural engineers to check infrastructure conditions, particularly schools.

"[I will] ask DepEd to send the structural engineers of DepEd to check conditions of the building. Yung checking na with detailed report," she said.