4.6 quake hits Northern Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter scale shook the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte Wednesday afternoon.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) placed the epicenter of the earthquake, which occurred 2:36 p.m., in the town of Lugait in Misamis Oriental, which shares boundary with Iligan.

Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., Misamis Oriental provincial disaster management chief, said no damage was reported so far in the province, especially in the municipality of Lugait.

“The quake was felt strongly by residents of Lugait but no damages were reported,” Pacamalan said.

PHIVOLCS said the earthquake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 18 kilometers.

Pacamalan said that as far as he could recall, this is the first time the province of Misamis Oriental and Lugait became an earthquake epicenter.

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