Magnitude 4.5 quake rocks Southern Leyte


Posted at Nov 12 2017 04:12 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2017 05:02 PM

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

MANILA - (UPDATE 2) A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattled Southern Leyte province on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. 

The tremor, initially reported as a magnitude 4.4, struck at around 2:33 p.m. Its epicenter was located 14 kilometers southwest of Pintuyan town, Phivolcs said.

With a depth of 19 kilometers, the quake was felt at Intensity 4 in San Ricardo town and Intensity 3 in Surigao City; San Jose, Dinagat Islands; and San Francisco, Southern Leyte. 

Intensity 2 was also observed in Liloan, Southern Leyte. 

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, may be felt like the passing of a light truck while Intensity 2 may cause hanging objects to swing slightly. 

No major damage was expected from the quake, which was also unlikely to spawn aftershocks, Phivolcs said.