Magnitude 5-quake hits Cotabato anew

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019   •   1522

MANILA, Philippines – Another earthquake — this time with a 5.0 magnitude — hit an area in Mindanao Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake, with a tectonic origin, occurred at 2:07 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 18 kilometers east of Makilala, Cotabato.

The temblor was felt the strongest in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur with recorded intensity V. It was also felt in Pikit, Cotabato as well as in Bansalan, Davao del Sur at intensity IV.

Instrumental intensities were also reported in Malungon, Sarangani; Koronadal City; Tupi in South Cotabato and Alabel in Sarangani.

Phivolcs said the quake is not expected to cause damage but may spawn aftershocks.

The latest earthquake in Cotabato occurred just a few hours after a magnitude 5.5 tremor hit waters off Sarangani.

Phivolcs said there is no tsunami threat due to the quake and that this was independent from the series of earthquakes that shook Tulunan, Cotabato this month.

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Calatagan, Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Calatagan, Batangas at 2:14 a.m. on Friday (October 8), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The quake has a depth of 131 kilometers and Intensity II was felt by residents in Calatagan.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was an aftershock of the magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred in the same area on July 24, 2021.

No damage was reported and no further aftershocks are expected. AAC

 

Taal Volcano records high-level of sulfur dioxide

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Taal Volcano has emitted a record-high level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) on Tuesday (October 5), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on the latest bulletin of Phivolcs, the volcano spewed out 25,456 tons of SO2 dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake. The volcanic activity also generated plumes 1,500 meters tall that drifted northwest and northeast.

Alert Level 2 remains over Taal Volcano. Phivolcs reminds the public that at Alert Level 2, sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around the Taal Volcano Island (TVI).

Phivolcs has recommended that entry into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ must be strictly prohibited, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, and occupancy and boating on Taal Lake. AAC

 

Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes Looc, Occidental Mindoro

Maris Federez   •   September 27, 2021

 

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the town of Looc, Occidental Mindoro on Monday at 1:12 in the morning.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake was tectonic in origin, which means there was a movement in the Earth’s crust, and that it had a depth of 74 kilometers.

The tremor recorded Intensity V in Tagaytay City and Amadeo in Cavite.

Intensity IV was felt in Malolos City and Obando in Bulacan; San Mateo, Rizal; General Trias and Tanza in Cavite; City of Manila, Marikina City, San Juan City, and Las Pinas City in Metro Manila.

Intensity III was recorded in City of Antipolo in Rizal; Quezon City, Pasig City, Makati City, and Valenzuela City.

Intensity II, on the other hand, was felt in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

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