Magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolts Visayas
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck parts of the Visayas at 1:37 pm on Tuesday, April 23.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) revised the magnitude upwards, after initially pegging the earthquake at magnitude 6.2.
In a bulletin, Phivolcs said the epicenter of the earthquake was located in San Julian, Eastern Samar.
The following intensities were recorded:
- Intensity VI - San Julian, Eastern Samar
- Intensity V - Tacloban City; Catbalogan City, Samar; General MacArthur, Salcedo, and Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Naval, Biliran; Catarman, Northern Samar; Palo and Pastrana, Leyte
- Intensity IV - Abuyog, Hilongos, Javier, Capoocan, Julieta, Baybay, Barogo, Jaro, MacArthur, Matalum, and Villaba, Leyte; San Francisco, Southern Leyte; Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Iloilo City; Naga City; Sorsogon City; Panganiban, Catanduanes
- Intensity III - Binalbagan, Negros Occidental; Cabalian, Southern Leyte; Dimasalang, Masbate; Butuan City; Cabadbaran City
- Intensity II - Bago City; Bacolod City
Phivolcs warned that damage and aftershocks are expected.
There is no threat of a tsunami, said Phivolcs in a separate advisory.
The Visayas earthquake hit just a day after a magnitude 6.1 tremor rocked parts of Luzon, causing deaths, injuries, and damage.
In an interview on ANC, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said the Luzon and Visayas earthquakes "are not related." – Rappler.com