Quakes hit country’s surfing capital  

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 December) — At least 15 earthquake incidents have been recorded in the country’s surfing capital in General Luna in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, since 8:11 p.m. Tuesday (magnitude 5), the last one at 7:58 p.m. on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve (magnitude 3.6)

Records from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said the tremors, tectonic in origin, ranged from 2.6 to 5 magnitude northeast of General Luna.

General Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillon said no damage has been reported so far.

“We are okay here We don’t have any damage. I’m just telling the people here what to do and where to go if these quakes intensify,” he said.

The first quake occurred at 8:11 p.m. on December 30 (magnitude 5); followed by six more that same evening: 3.2 magnitude at 8:50 p.m.; 4.8 at 9:13 p.m.; 3.5 at 10:06 p.m.; 3.21 at 10:28 pm.; 4 at 11 p.m.; and 4.8 at 11:25 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 30, the quake registered magnitude 3.4 at 12:11 a.m. ; 3.3 at 12:26 a.m.; 4.2 at 3:08 a.m.; 2.6 at 3:22; 3.3 at 5:32 .a.m.; 4.5 at 5:53 a.m.; 3.2 at 2:57 p.m. and 3.3 at 3:08 p.m.; 3.6 at 6:50 p.m.; and 3.4 at 7:58 pm. (Roel N. Catolo / MindaNews) 

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