Quakes rock Batanes, Davao Occidental

Earthquakes rocked Batanes

TWO strong earthquakes rocked Batanes and Davao Occidental on Black Saturday.

Reports from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) showed that the first tremor occured at around 12:44 am in Batanes or some 37 kilometers northeast of the provincial capital, Basco.

Phivolcs said the magnutude 6.2 earthquake had a depth of 157 kilometers and the epicenter was at about 16 kilometers northeast of Basco.

Intensity IV was recorded in Basco, and Itbayat. Intensity III was felt in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, and Luna, Apayao while Intensity II tremors hit Laoag City and Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, and Intensity I in Vigan City.

Two hours later a magnitude 5.5 quake struck at sea 141 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental.

The tumbler felt at around 2:45 a.m., had a depth of 52 kilometers.

Intensity II was recorded in Kiamba, Alabel, and Malungon, Sarangani, while Intensity I was recorded in General Santos City, and Tupi, South Cotabato; Gingoog City and Misamis Oriental.

Phivolcs warned of possible aftershocks, but said no damage was expected for the two earthquakes. Both were tectonic in origin.

In July last year, a deadly 5.4 earthquake also rocked Batanes, killing eight people and injuring 63 others.