Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Leyte
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the province of Leyte on Thursday afternoon, July 6.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake hit off Jaro, Leyte at 4:03 pm.
Phivolcs also warned that damage and aftershocks are expected.
The following intensities were recorded:
- Intensity VI – Jaro, Kananga, and Capoocan in Leyte
- Intensity V – Palo, Leyte; Tacloban City; Ormoc City; Cebu City; Mandaue City
- Intensity IV – Catbalogan City; Cabucgayan and Naval in Biliran; Tolosa and Bato in Leyte; Hinunangan, Southern Leyte; Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Burgos, Surigao del Norte; Biliran, Leyte
- Intensity III – Bogo City and Talisay City in Cebu; Roxas City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Inopacan and Baybay in Leyte; Sogod, Southern Leyte; Calatrava, Negros Occidental; Tagbilaran City; Jagna, Bohol; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Guihulngan City and Tayasan in Negros Oriental; Cadiz City, Toboso, and Escalante in Negros Occidental
- Intensity II – Libjo, San Jose, and Cagdianao in Dinagat Islands; Sorsogon City; Lapu-Lapu City; San Juan, Southern Leyte; Javier, Leyte; Tansay and Sibulan in Negros Oriental; Sorsogon City
- Intensity I – La Carlota City, Negros Occidental; Catarman, Northern Samar
Dagami municipal administrator Boy Amante said there were no casualties or damage in the town proper, but disaster risk reduction officials and police are still checking the situation in more than 60 barangays there.
Marlon Tano, a Leyte farmer and journalist, told Agence France-Presse the quake knocked him off his feet at his eggplant farm in Borauen, a town near the quake's epicenter.
"It was so strong that I fell," Tano said.
"I saw buses and motorcyles stopping on the highway and people getting off them," he added.
In Cebu City, city administrator Nigel Paul Villarete suspended work at the city hall 4:25 pm onwards as engineers checked on executive and legislative buildings.
There was no immediate warning of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Leyte was the hardest hit when Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck in November 2013, bringing torrential rains and storm surges. Yolanda left 6,300 people dead and 1,062 others missing. (READ: IN NUMBERS: 3 years after Super Typhoon Yolanda)
The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many of Earth's quakes and volcanic eruptions occur. – with reports from Jazmin Bonifacio & Agence France-Presse / Rappler.com