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Magnitude 5.0 quake rocks some parts of Mindanao

A MAGNITUDE 5.0 rocked some parts of the Caraga region in Mindanao Sunday.

In its bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that the earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at around 12:43 p.m.

Its epicenter was located off the coast northeast of Cortes town, Surigao del Sur, near the Philippine Trench.

Several areas in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte reportedly felt the quake:

– Intensity IV – Cortes, and Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

– Intensity III – Cagwait, Carrascal and Bayabas, Surigao del Sur

– Intensity II – Cantilan, Surigao del Sur

– Intensity I – Surigao City

Instrumental intensities were also recorded in the following areas:

– Intensity II – Tandag, Surigao del Sur

– Intensity I – Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte

While no damage was expected following the quake, Phivolcs cautioned residents in the affected areas to prepare for possible aftershocks.

The Philippines constantly experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as it is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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