Published On: Wed, Apr 10th, 2013

Philippines: Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes near Batanes

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit near the island province of Batanes at 4:20 am Thursday morning in the Philippines, according to a Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) report April 11.

Batanes earthquake Image/Phivolcs

Batanes earthquake

The US Geologic Survey recorded the tremor at 5.8 magnitude.

The epicenter of the quake was located 40 kilometers northeast of Basco and had a depth of 25 km.

The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, was felt at Intensity V in Basco, Itbayat, Mahatao, and Ivana, Batanes.

The area has since felt aftershocks of 4.8 and 4.9 magnitude. There are no reports of damage from the quake.

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According to the Richter magnitude scale, an earthquake that registers at 6.0-6.9 is considered strong. It can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometers (99 mi) across in populated areas. There are only approximately 130 earthquakes of this magnitude seen annually across the globe.

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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