Magnitude 5 quake jolts Samar, Leyte

April 15, 2020
Tacloban City a magnitude 5 earthquake
GROUND-SHAKING. A map showing the center of a magnitude 5 quake in Basey, Samar on Wednesday (April 15, 2020). The earthquake with tectonic origin was felt in different parts of the Eastern Visayas region. Phivolcs image

TACLOBAN CITY – A magnitude 5 earthquake shook parts of Leyte and Samar provinces on Wednesday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

There was no expected damage from the temblor that struck 14 kilometers northwest of Basey, Samar at 9:07 a.m. at a depth of 99 kilometers.

The earthquake with tectonic origin was felt at Intensity IV in Basey and Sta. Rita towns in Samar, and Tacloban City in Leyte. Intensity III in Catbalogan City, Samar; Barugo, Palo, and Pastrana, in Leyte; and Lawaan in Eastern Samar.

The ground-shaking was also felt at Intensity II in Abuyog, Capoocan, Carigara, Dagami, Dulag, Jaro, Javier, and Tabontabon in Leyte; and Borongan City, General MacArthur and Maydolong in Eastern Samar.

Magnitude measures the energy released from the source of the quake, while intensity measures the strength of shaking produced by the tremor at a certain location.

Initial reports showed no one was hurt during the quake. PNA