Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) confirmed that a magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit Southern Leyte on Friday morning July 25, 7:57 a.m.. The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, was recorded eight kilometers of Hinundayan town at a depth of 6 kilometers.
Philvocs described the intensities ranging from 5.1 to 6 as “Many people are frightened; many run outdoors. Some people lose their balance. motorists feel like driving in flat tires. Heavy objects or furniture move or may be shifted. Small church bells may ring. Wall plaster may crack.”
“Very old or poorly built houses and man-made structures are slightly damaged though well-built structures are not affected. Limited rockfalls and rolling boulders occur in hilly to mountainous areas and escarpments. Trees are noticeably shaken,” it added.
Philvolcs noted that earthquake was also felt in Tacloban City and as far as Cebu City in Central Visayas. They also warned the public of possible aftershocks but tsunami warnings was not yet raised to the affected areas.
There were nor reports of major damages and injuries and buildings were still being inspected, as of posting.
Here’s the intensity reports released by Phivolcs:
- tensity VI – Hinundayan, Hinunangan and St. Bernard, Southern Leyte
- Intensity V – Anahawan, Southern Leyte
- Intensity IV – Tacloban City, Maasin City, San Ricardo, and Southern Leyte. Dulag, Leyte; Loreto and Dinagat in Dinagat
- Intensity III – Palo and Pastrana in Leyte
- Intesity II – Cebu City, Talisay City, Bogo City, Surigao City, Ormoc City, Burgos, and Surigao Del Norte
- Intensity I – Lapu-lapu City