By Mike Crismundo
A tectonic earthquake jolted Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte province on Monday afternoon, June 26, 2017, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
The earthquake that struck Siargao Island made some residents, particularly those residing along the coastal areas to run to higher areas for fear of tsunami.
However, Phivolcs did not raise a tsunami alert while the Surigao del Norte and island’s municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs) reported no damage or injury when the Monday afternoon tremor shook nine towns.
In its bulletin, Phivolcs said a 5.2 magnitude earthquake was registered at 3:41 p.m. on Tuesday (June 26).
The epicenter was plotted 34 kilometers (km) northeast of Burgos town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, the state agency said.
The tremor has a depth of only 12 km, it said.
Intensity IV was registered at the town proper of Burgos town while intensity III was recorded in Tacloban City, Palo, Leyte and Surigao City and intensity ll was also recorded in the municipalities of Libjo, San Jose, Cagdianao, all in nearby Dinagat Islands province, Phivolcs said.
At 5:56 p.m. on the same day (June 26), a 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded and its epicenter was traced 28 km northeast of the same town of Burgos, with a depth of 17 km, the state agency added.
A 3.6 magnitude tremor also shook the three mainland towns of Surigao del Norte and Surigao City in the morning but DRRMCs reported no damage or injury.
Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas alerted all personnel of the province’s DRRMCs following the series of earthquakes.
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