Magnitude 6.5 quake jolts parts of Visayas

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2019   •   3304

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted parts of Visayas on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the earthquake hit at 1:37 p.m. and its epicenter was located in San Julian, Eastern Samar. It was of tectonic origin and had a depth of 63 kilometers.

Varying quake intensities were felt in different areas in the Visayas, as well as in Bicol and Surigao del Sur areas:

Intensity VI – San Julian, Eastern Samar

Intensity V – Tacloban City; Catbalogan City, Samar; Gen. McArthur, Salcedo and Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Naval, Biliran; Catarman, Northern Samar; Palo and Pastrana, Leyte;

Intensity IV – Abuyog, Hilongos, Javier, Capoocan, Julieta, Baybay, Barogo, Jaro, MacArthur, Matalum, Villaba, Leyte; San Francisco, Southern Leyte; Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Iloilo City; Naga City; Sorsogon City; Panganiban, Catanduanes;

Intensity III – Binalbagan, Negros Occidental; Cabalian, Southern Leyte; Dimasalang, Masbate; Butuan City; Cabadbaran City;

Intensity II – Bago City; Bacolod City

Phivolcs said aftershocks and damage are expected from the earthquake. – Robie de Guzman

Signal No. 1 up in 15 areas as Typhoon Bising slightly intensifies

UNTV News   •   April 17, 2021

Typhoon Bising slightly intensified on Saturday morning as it moved northwestward across the Philippines sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA reported that Bising was located at 645 km east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte moving moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), carrying maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h and gusts of 230km/h.

By Sunday afternoon or evening, Typhoon Bising is seen to move generally northwestward. Afterwards, it will slow down and move northward until Tuesday morning, before moving generally north-northwestward over the Philippine Sea east of Northern and Central Luzon. The possibility of a landfall scenario has not been ruled out.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1 is hoisted over the following areas (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours):

Luzon:

Sorsogon, Albay, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Goa, Ocampo, Tigaon, Sagnay, Baao, Nabua, Bato, Iriga City, Buhi, Tinambac, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan), Ticao Island, and Catanduanes

Visayas:

Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Camotes Islands

Mindanao:

Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte (including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands), and Surigao del Sur

383 volcanic earthquakes recorded in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday maintained Alert level 2 over Taal Volcano as it recorded 383 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours.

Based on the latest bulletin, upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in the main crater lake occurred Tuesday morning (April 13) and 383 volcanic earthquakes, including 238 episodes of volcanic tremor lasting from one to 12 minutes occurred in the past 24 hours.

Phivolcs also said it continues to observe “a very slow and steady inflation and expansion of the Taal region that began after the January 2020 eruption.”

The agency reminds local government units around the area to be vigilant and continuously assess the situation. Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano.

“DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Taal Volcano’s activity and any new significant development will be immediately communicated to all stakeholders,” the bulletin said. AAC

PAGASA monitors tropical depression east of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tropical depression east of Mindanao has slightly accelerated while maintaining its strength according to the latest monitoring of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

On Tuesday, April 13, the weather system was located at 1,475 km east of Mindanao, still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

On the forecast track, the tropical depression is seen to move northward or northwestward until Wednesday, April 14, before slowing down to almost stationary status.

Afterwards, it is forecast to accelerate west-northwestward and enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday or Saturday.

Once inside PAR, it will be named “Bising” as the second tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this year.

This tropical cyclone is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours.

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