EARTHQUAKE: 5.1 Magnitude Quake Jolts Surigao del Sur

Phivolcs Releases Bulletin about the Earthquake Today in Surigao del Sur, January 3, 2024

EARTHQUAKE – The Phivolcs recorded a 5.1 magnitude quake in Surigao del Sur today, Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

Following the 4.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Sarangani a few days ago, another significant quake was recently recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in another area. According to the agency, the quake that hit Surigao del Sur today had a magnitude of 5.1.

Earthquake Today

The earthquake today that struck Surigao del Sur, Wednesday, January 3, 2024, was tectonic in origin.

According to Phivolcs, the earthquake that hit a part of Surigao del Sur was located at 08.31°North, 126.63°East – 032 km South 79° East of Hinatuan. It had a depth of focus of 025 kilometers.

Phivolcs stated in its bulletin that damages are not expected from the said quake as well as aftershocks. According to the quake-recording agency, the following intensities were felt in these areas:

Intensity II

  • Tagbina, Lianga, Bayabas, and Cagwait, SURIGAO DEL SUR

Intensity III

  • City of Tandag and Lingig, SURIGAO DEL SUR

Intensity V

  • City of Bislig and Hinatuan, SURIGAO DEL SUR

Earthquakes are among the natural incidents that cannot be predicted accurately as most experts in the field agree on. Thus, most countries really make sure that they have a bureau or an organization that monitors a quake incident across their nation.

Quakes can happen in land and underwater. In the case of the latter, it can trigger tsunami thus quake-recording agencies are also often the one that monitors tsunami threats. They are the bodies releasing advisories whenever there are threats of tsunami following a strong quake shaking the land in the coastal area or underwater.

On land, quakes can result to damages and loss of lives thus it is important to be aware of the earthquake safety tips to reduce the risk of damages and loss of lives by knowing what to do.

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