Published On: Thu, Oct 4th, 2012

Moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake rattles Western Mindanao

A moderately strong earthquake struck in the Western Mindanao province of  Zamboanga del Norte Tuesday afternoon, according to a Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) report.


The 5.2-magnitude tremor hit yesterday at 2:25 pm with the earthquake’s epicenter at 19 kilometers southwest of Sergio Osmeña municipality in Zamboanga del Norte and had a depth of 20 kilometers.

The quake was felt most intensely at Pagadian City; Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. It was felt as far away as Cebu City and Iloilo City.

Phivolcs reports that aftershocks are expected following the quake, which was tectonic in origin.

The Philippines lies within the Pacific Ring of Fire, which causes the country to have frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Much larger numbers of earthquakes of smaller magnitude occur very regularly due to the meeting of major tectonic plates in the region.

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