Aftershocks, damages unlikely from Surigao quake

MANILA-- Government isn't expecting either aftershocks or damages from the magnitude 4.9 earthquake that struck Monday morning (Jan. 30) below waters bordering Surigao del Norte province.

According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the 10:43 a.m. earthquake was reported at intensity V in Surigao del Norte's Burgos municipality; intensity IV in Surigao City as well as Surigao del Norte's del Carmen, Dapa and Pilarmunicipalities; intensity III in Loreto, Dinagat Island and Socorro, Surigao del Norte as well as intensity II in Palo, Leyte province and San Francisco, Southern Leyte province aside from General Luna, Tubod in Surigao del Norte.

Phivolcs said the earthquake's magnitude is still insufficient to generate aftershocks.

The earthquake's reported intensities aren't damaging, Phivolcs continued.

Latest available data show the earthquake struck 5.0 kms south 29 east of Burgos at a depth of 27 kms, Phivolcs said.

That earthquake was of tectonic origin, noted Phivolcs.

Phivolcs will update its information on the earthquake as soon as data on this matter becomes available. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency