Sunday, February 5, 2012

Philippines - 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Near the Islands of Negros and Cebu

Source:  DutchSinse

A 6.8 Magnitude of Earthquake struck Central Philippines at approximately 11:49AM, Monday, February 6th 2012. 

Approximate Distance location: 
  • 71 km (44 miles) SSE (161°) from Bacolod, Negros, Philippines
  • 79 km (49 miles) N (350°) from Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines
  • 88 km (54 miles) WSW (251°) from Cebu, Cebu, Philippines
  • 564 km (350 miles) SSE (155°) from MANILA, Philippines


Mrs. E. Woodhouse, who lives in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, said that the tremble of the earthquake was strong and that her house was swaying. It had an aftershocks after 30 minutes. As of press time, she didn't know yet whether her house has incurred any damages.  

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued the tsunami alert for the central Philippines, saying the quake could trigger a 3-foot (1-meter) wave. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a warning.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 44 miles (72 kilometers) north of Dumaguete city on Negros Island in the central Philippines. It hit at a depth of 29 miles (46 kilometers).

Reuters reported that "No evacuation was ordered yet. The Philippine Volcanology Institute also warned structurally weak buildings may sustain damages. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on all available data a Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected."

The Philippine President Benigno Aquino III advised that the people who are in the coastal region must be alert of big waves, and all agencies concerned has been mobilized to be in standby mood.

"Damage is possible in areas hit by at least intensity 5 and if the buildings are structurally weak," Renato Solidum, head of the volcanology and seismology institute said in a radio interview.

"Most of the deaths were due to the landslides in La Libertad in Negros Oriental, near the quake's epicenter, off Tayasan town, a strait separating the island of Negros and Cebu. The tremor was recorded at a depth of 10 km, according to local calculations." - source: Reuters

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