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Published On: Sat, Mar 30th, 2013

Moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Surigao del Norte, Philippines

A moderate 5.2-magnitude tremor was registered 027 km N 89° E of Burgos, Surigao del Norte, Philippines this morning, according to a Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) report March 30.

Surigao del Norte earthquake map/Phivolcs

Surigao del Norte earthquake map/Phivolcs

The quake, which was tectonic in nature, occurred at 9:50 am Philippines time at the epicenter, 1:50 UTC.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the quake at 5.6 magnitude.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported. Phivolcs says aftershocks are expected.

The earthquake was felt at Intensity IV at General Luna, Surigao del Norte and Intensity III at Burgos , Del Carmen, Sta Monica, Surigao del Norte.

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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