Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Surigao del Norte

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit Malimono, Surigao del Norte on Monday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake occurred at 1:30 p.m. and its epicenter was located 15 kilometers southwest of Malimono town.

The quake struck at a depth of 19 kms and was tectonic in origin.

Intensity V (strong) was felt in Placer, Surigao del Norte; IV (moderately strong) in Surigao City; and III (weak) in Butuan City.

Phivolcs said Intensity V, so far the strongest from this quake, is “generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors. Many sleeping people are awakened. Some are frightened, some run outdoors. Strong shaking and rocking felt throughout building.

Other indicators of an Intensity V quake are: “Hanging objects swing violently. Dining utensils clatter and clink; some are broken. Small, light and unstable objects may fall or overturn. Liquids spill from filled open containers. Standing vehicles rock noticeably. Shaking of leaves and twigs of trees are noticeable.”

Phivolcs said aftershocks are expected from the quake, but damage is unlikely.

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