Moderate Earthquake Shakes Central Visayas

March 22, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 4.1 earthquake jolted parts of Central Visayas Monday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the quake occurred at 7:01 a.m. with the epicenter traced some five kilometers southwest of Danao town in Bohol province.

The agency said the tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a shallow depth of three kilometers.

Phivolcs said the quake was felt at Intensity 4 in the towns of Danao, Talibon, San Miguel, and Trinidad in Bohol and Intensity 3 in Ubay and Buenavista, also in Bohol.

The quake was also felt at Intensity 2 in Sierra Bullones, Bohol, while the city of Lapu-Lapu in Cebu province felt the tremor at Intensity 1.

Phivolcs’ seismometers, on the other hand, recorded Intensity 4 in Talibon; Intensity 2 in Lapu Lapu City; and Intensity 1 in Cebu City.

Meanwhile, the agency said it also recorded two quakes of magnitudes 4.6 and 4.4 in Del Carmen town, Surigao Del Norte and Sarangani town in Davao Occidental at 2:26 a.m. and 5:47 a.m., respectively.

But science research assistant Benz Rodriguez of the Phivolcs’ Earthquake Monitoring Division said both quakes were not felt by people.

He also said there were no reported casualties and damages from the three tremors and no aftershocks were expected.

Rodriguez said a local fault movement possibly triggered the quake in Bohol.

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