Magnitude-4.2 quake hits CamSur; some property damage expected


Posted at Oct 17 2021 08:13 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2021 09:53 PM

Magnitude-4.2 quake hits CamSur

MANILA (UPDATE) —A magnitude-4.2 earthquake jolted Camarines Sur province Sunday night, the Phivolcs said.

The tremor, recorded at 6:51 p.m., was located 5 kilometers southeast of Canaman town, according to state seismologists.

It was tectonic in origin with a depth of 4 kilometers.

Intensity V, which Phivolcs classifies as strong shaking, was felt in Canaman town, while Intensity IV was felt in Calabanga town.

The following instrumental intensities were also recorded:

  • Intensity V - Sipocot, Camarines Sur
  • Intensity II - Mercedes, Camarines Norte; Iriga City, Camarines Sur
  • Intensity I - Daet, Camarines Norte

No aftershocks were expected, but there may be some damage due to the quake, the Phivolcs added in its advisory.

A CCTV video footage from the Matubis family in Barangay Poblacion in Libmanan town showed how strong the quake was.

Rafael Matubis said they were having a meal when the earthquake hit.

"Kumakain kami that time tapos biglang lumindol. Talagang gumalaw yung lahat ng gamit sa bahay. Nakakatakot. May maririnig kang sound sa ilalaim na parang kulog tapos tiningnan ko agad yung CCTV namin right after ng lindol tapos dun kita talaga kung gaano kalakas yung lindol," he said.

(We were eating at that time when the earthquake happened. Everything in our house moved. It was scary. You can hear rumbling sounds and then I immediately checked out CCTV after the earthquake and there you can see how strong the earthquake was.)

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Just last Thursday, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake also hit Canaman town.

Phivolcs Legazpi resident volcanologist Paul Alanis said Sunday's earthquakes can be considered as aftershocks of Thursday's quake.

A total of 16 earthquake have been recorded in Camarines Sur since Thursday.

"May isang segment kasi diyan ng Philippine fault na gumagalaw, may dalawa kasing dinadaanan sa Bicol Region yung Philippine fault, isa dyan sa Masbate and isa dito sa Camarines Sur papuntang Albay and active po yan kaya gagalaw yan" Alanis said.

(There is a segment of the Philippine fault that is moving. There are two areas in Bicol region affected by the Philippine fault, one in Masbate, another in Camarines Sur towards Albay. That segment is active and it is moving.)

He also said more aftershocks can be expected.

The Philippines is situated in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. — With a report from Karren Canon and Agence France-Presse 


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