GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 8 Feb) – Residents and tourists here scampered for safety and ran out from their homes and resorts as a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck not far from here.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the quake of tectonic origin occurred at 7:55 p.m. with its epicenter 28 kms southeast of this municipality and a depth of 19 kms.
PHIVOLCS said in its earthquake bulletin that it was not expecting damage but aftershocks were expected. As of 9 p.m., 12 of such aftershocks already occurred, ranging from magnitude 1.9 to 4.7.
The aftershocks apparently did not anymore cause panic among people here as they mostly stayed inside their homes and resort rooms by then.
PHIVOLCS said the quake was felt as Intensity V in Surigao City; Intensity IV in Gingoog City; III in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Borongan and Cebu; II in Catbalogan City and I in the cities of Kidapawan and Lapu-Lapu and in Alabel in Sarangani. (Roel Catoto / MindaNews)