Sunday, 5 February 2012

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake shakes Philippines - February 6, 2012

Millions of Filipinos from Visayas and Mindanao were jolted Monday, February 6, 2012 by 6.9 powerful earthquake, media reports said. According to the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake was centered between the islands of Cebu and Negros.

According to radio and TV reports, the 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck 5 kilometers northwest of Tayasan, Negros Oriental at 11:49 AM. The quake was tectonic in origin.

The following intensities were felt in the following areas:

  • Intensity VII – Dumaguete City
  • Intensity VI – La Carlota City and La Castellana, Negros Occidental
  • Intensity V – Roxas City; Dao and Ivisan, Capiz; Iloilo City
  • Intensity IV – San Jose de Buenavista and Pandan Antique; Ayungon, Negros Oriental; Kalibo, Aklan; Sagay, Negros Occidental; Dipolog City
  • Intensity III – Butuan City, Agusan del Norte; Legaspi City, Albay; Carmen, Cagayan de Oro
  • Intensity II – Cabid-an, Sorsogon
Meanwhile, from the USGS, here are their findings about the earthquake's location:
  • 70 kms (44 miles) north from Dumaguete, Negros
  • 79 kms (49 miles) west northwest from Tagbilaran, Bohol
  • 80 kms (50 miles) south southeast from Bacolod, Negros
  • 574 kms (356 miles) south southeast from Manila
Damage to properties are yet to be known but one confirmed dead, a child, from Negros Oriental was already reported.

Alert Level No. 2 was imposed by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Reports said authorities warned the residents in the coastal areas of Negros Islands, Cebu and Mindanao of unusual waves and were advised to seek higher ground.

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2 Responses to “Magnitude 6.9 earthquake shakes Philippines - February 6, 2012”

Philippines Natural Disaster said...
5 March 2012 at 22:38

It’s very sad. Lord hears for our prayer for these people who are victims, died and survives of this tragedy.

Phils Calamities said...
7 March 2012 at 21:48

Nice post. Thanks for sharing. I hope that preventative measures can be put in place soon. One thing that can be done which costs nothing is each individual take responsibility for their garbage and put it where it belongs instead of throwing it all over the streets, rivers, and everywhere else.

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