Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) announced that a magnitude 6.1 earthquake strike Ilocos Norte Sunday afternoon. The quake lasted for 12 seconds and luckily no one was injured in the said temblor.
The earthquake shook the capital of Ilocos Norte and its nearby towns according to officials in phivolcs.
It strike at 4:26pm and the epicenter was located at 117 kilo meters northeast of Ilocos Norte.
According to Ernesto Agnir, one of the officials in phivolcs said that a lot of residents in Laoag felt the ground shaking and they become a bit dizzy. But reports say that no one was injured in incident.
The phivolcs placed the earthquake strength at magnitude 6.1 according to its official bulletin released 5:18 pm, Sunday.
According to the data gathered, the intensity 5 was felt in the towns of Pasquin and Pagudpud. Paoay, Ilocos Norte and Calayan Island in Cagayan struck by intensity 4, Intensity 3 in the towns of Basco Batanes, Sinait in Ilocos Norte and Camalaniugan and Gonzaga in Cagayan. Intensity 2 in Baguio City.
Phivolcs has released some points or a sign to consider in knowing what is the intensity of the earthquake. In intensity 5 most likely people can feel the ground shaking and it can awaken people who are sleeping. Intensity 4 things in your house are already shaking or objects are moved from its original position. In Intensity 3 the shaking can be felt slightly and objects that are hanging might be seen swaying. And lastly intensity two can be felt by people resting.
This is the second time that Ilocos Norte was hit by an earthquake. However, both are considered moderate quake. The first one happened last march 10 with a recorded magnitude of 5.2 and its epicenter was spotted 101 kilo meter northeast of the city.
Baguio which is considered the summer capital of the Philippines also hit by an earthquake last February 18 with a magnitude of 5 shaking its nearby areas. A day after it happened there were already 3 mild quakes recorded by phivolcs with magnitudes 3.3, 3.1 and 3.