Magnitude 6.6 quake rocks Masbate

Magnitude 6.6 quake rocks Masbate

(Image grabbed from Phivolcs’ website)

MANILA – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted Masbate on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The tectonic quake was located 7 kilometers southeast of Cataingan, Masbate at 8:03 a.m. It had a depth of 21 kilometers.

Bicol police reported that Gilbert Sauro, a retired policeman, died in the strong quake after portions of his home in Sitio Alimango in Barangay Concepcion collapsed. Another resident from the Poblacion area was injured.

People watch from afar a severely-damaged residential-resort edifice whose structural columns underneath gave way to the 6.6 magnitude temblor in Masbate. (Photos from Chris Dalanguit’s Facebook posts)

Support columns of the Office of the Department of Agrarian Reform and Public Attorney’s Office also buckled up to the Intensity 7 quake, rendering the building fit for condemnation.

Intensity VII, which Phivolcs describes as “destructive,” was felt in Cataingan.

Intensity V was also felt in the city of Masbate; and the towns of Almagro and Tagapul-an, Samar; and Intensity IV in Palanas and San Jacinto, Masbate; Sorsogon City; Legazpi City, Albay; San Andres, Quezon; Mapanas and Palapag, Northern Samar; Barugo, Dagami, Dulag, Julita, La Paz, Palo, and Tanauan in Leyte; and Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

Intensity III was reported in Baybay city and the towns of Isabel, Javier, and Kananga, Leyte; Ormoc City; Mulanay, Quezon; and Iloilo City. Intensity II was recorded in Guinayangan and Lopez, Quezon; President Roxas, Capiz; Patnongon, San Jose de Buenavista, and Tibiao, Antique.

Intensity I, on the other hand, was reported in Lezo, Aklan; and Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

The following instrumental intensities were also recorded:

Intensity V – Masbate City, Masbate

Intensity IV – Palo, Leyte; Iloilo City; Roxas City, Capiz; Naval, Biliran;

Intensity III – Bago City, Negros Occidental; Malinao, Aklan; Pandan, Antique; Jamindan, Capiz; Ormoc City

Intensity II – Gumaca, Quezon; San Jose de Buenavista, Antique; City of Sipalay, Negros Occidental; Valderrama, Antique; Sipocot, Camarines Sur; Talibon, Bohol; San Francisco, Cebu

Intensity I – Malay, Aklan; and Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental

Phivolcs said aftershocks and damage are both expected from the quake. (PNA)

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