JUST IN: 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Masbate

Masbate Hit by Earthquake with 6.5 Magnitude

EARTHQUAKE – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded a 6.5 magnitude quake in Masbate, August 18, 2020.

Most of the time, quakes hit with no prior signs. Recently, several places in and out of the Philippines were shaken by quakes of different magnitudes.

One of the strong quakes recorded by Phivolcs is the 7.1 magnitude quake in Davao Oriental. There were expected aftershocks due to the said quake and a tsunami advisory was released.

Previously, in April 22, Phivolcs recorded a quake in a part of Zambales. It had a magnitude of 6.1. Strong shaking were felt leaving people fearing about the so-called “Big One“. But the agency advises the people to wait for factual information and not to panic.

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Recently, a quake has hit a part of Masbate. At 08:03 am, August 18, 2020, Cataingan was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5.


According to Phivolcs, the quake that hit a part of Masbate was located at 11.98°North, 123.98°East – 005 km South 17° West of Cataingan. The quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 001 kilometers.

Phivolcs stated in a bulletin that there are no expected damages caused by the quake. Also, aftershocks are not expected of the said quake. The following intensities were felt in these areas:

  • Intensity IV
    • Mapanas, Northern Samar
    • City of Legazpi, Albay
    • Lezo, Aklan
  • Intensity III
    • Iloilo City
  • Intensity I
    • President Roxas, Capiz

Keep safe everyone. We’ll keep you posted for official updates from Phivolcs and other weather agencies.

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