Magnitude 5.4 quake jolts typhoon-hit Leyte

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Friday, July 25, 2014

CEBU CITY -- A week after Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) barreled through Southern Leyte, a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the province at 7:57 a.m. Friday.

In its website, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake was located at 8 kilometers (km) southwest of Hinundayan, Southern Leyte.

The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 7 km.

Phivolcs said there is a possiblity that the Philippine Fault Zone in Leyte segment had caused the earthquake.

Tropical Depression Odette
(Source: Phivolcs)

The tremors were felt in the following areas:

Intensity VI - Hinundayan, Hinunangan and St. Bernard, Southern Leyte
Intensity V - Anahawan, Southern Leyte
Intensity IV - Tacloban City, Maasin City, San Ricardo, and Southern Leyte
Dulag, Leyte; Loreto and Dinagat in Dinagat
Intensity III - Palo and Pastrana in Leyte
Intesity II - Cebu City, Talisay City, Bogo City, Surigao City, Ormoc City, Burgos, and Surigao Del Norte
Intensity I - Lapu-lapu City

Aftershocks are expected in the affected areas, the Phivolcs warned.

Southern Leyte is one of the provinces hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 and Typhoons Glenda and Henry (Matmo) this month. (NMP/Sunnex)

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