MANILA — A shallow magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit the province of Leyte on Saturday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
The quake struck at 6:49 a.m. and was located 13 kilometers northwest of Merida town in Leyte.
The tectonic tremor was felt at Intensity 4 in Merida town, including in Ormoc City and Isabel, Leyte.
Intensity 4 temblor is considered as a "moderately strong" shaking and
its vibration feels like the passing of a heavy truck.
Damage to structures and aftershocks are not expected after the earthquake, Phivolcs said.
Other Intensities were recorded in the following areas:
• Intensity III - Palompon, Matag-ob, Villaba, and Kananga, Leyte
• Intensity II - Albuera, Capoocan, Carigara, and Tabango, Leyte
• Intensity I - Calubian, Leyte
• Intensity IV - Ormoc City, Leyte
• Intensity II - Albuera and Calubian, Leyte
The Philippines lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making earthquakes a common occurrence.
A magnitude 7.0 quake struck Abra on July 27, which was felt in many other parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.