Magnitude 4.8 quake rattles Surigao


Posted at Aug 09 2017 11:41 AM | Updated as of Aug 09 2017 01:06 PM

This map from Phivolcs shows the epicenter of a quake that struck Surigao del Sur, Wednesday.

MANILA - A magnitude 4.8 earthquake jolted Surigao del Sur and neighboring provinces on Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The earthquake was previously recorded at magnitude 4.6 but was later upgraded to 4.8.

Its epicenter was located 37 kilometers northwest of Tandag town. It struck at 11:09 a.m. at a depth of 30 kilometers, said Philvolcs.

Tectonic in origin, the tremor was felt at Intensity 4 in Tandag City and intensity 3 in Butuan City.

It was felt as Intensity 2 in Bislig, Surigao City in Surigao del Sur; Gingoog in Misamis Oriental; and La Paz in Agusan del Sur.

Intensity 1 meanwhile was felt in Misamis Oriental's Balingasag, Lagonglong and Jasaan towns.

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 or aftershocks were expected from the earthquake.