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:

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." –