M4.4 quake rocks Leyte


Posted at May 16 2017 11:16 AM

This map from Phivolcs shows the epicenter of a quake that struck Leyte province on Tuesday.

MANILA - A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled a town in Leyte province Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The earthquake was previously recorded at magnitude 4.2 but was later upgraded to 4.4.

Its epicenter was located 7 kilometers southwest of Capoocan town, Leyte. It struck at 09:29 a.m.

With a depth of 11 kilometers, the tremor was felt at Intensity 4 in Capoocan, Intensity 3 in Kananga town and Intensity 2 in Tabango.

Phivolcs describes Intensity 4 as "moderately strong." It can be felt like the passing of a heavy truck and can rattle wood-framed buildings, the agency said.

Intensity 3, meanwhile, is described as "weak" and may cause hanging objects to swing moderately.

Phivolcs said no major damage and aftershocks were expected from the earthquake.