6.1 magnitude earthquake in Batan Islands: USGS
MANILA, Philippines – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Batan Islands region in northern Philippines in the early hours of Thursday, April 11, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake hit at 4:20 am at a depth of 15.9 kilometers (9.9 miles). No tsunami warning has been issued.
Those in Basco, Batanes felt the earthquake at Intensity V, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
Based on the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale, this means the earthquake was strong. An Intensity V quake is "generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors," and is characterized by the following:
- strong shaking and rocking throughout a building
- hanging objects swinging
- dining utensils clattering, some broken
- parked vehicles moving
- leaves and twigs of trees shaking
– with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com