Mild quakes continue to hit Surigao, nearby provinces

Rosette Adel - The Philippine Star
Mild quakes continue to hit Surigao, nearby provinces
A safety reflectorized vest is placed on a tire to warn motorists of the damaged road in Surigao hours after a powerful earthquake rocked Surigao del Norte province Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 in southern Philippines. The late Friday quake with a magnitude of 6.5 roused residents from sleep in the province, sending hundreds to flee their homes.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Sunday continued to record several mild earthquakes in Surigao City and neighboring provinces in the Caraga Administrative Region.

After the powerful quake that struck Surigao City, Surigao del Norte last Friday night, the city and its nearby provinces are experiencing almost hourly mild earthquakes which are said to be aftershocks. At least six aftershocks were recorded late Friday.

On Saturday alone, there were almost 50 mild earthquakes recorded in the following areas:

  • Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte
  • Libjo, Surigao del Norte
  • Burgos, Surigao del Norte
  • San Jose, Dinagat Islands
  • Lorteo, Dinagat Islands
  • Cortes, Surigao del Sur Caraga
  • Davao Oriental  Digos, Davao Del Sur
  • Calayan, Cagayan
  • Kiamba, Sarangani,
  • Saranggani, Davao Occidental
  • Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
  • Balabagan, Lanao del Sur

Provinces in northern, central and southern Luzon also recorded tremors at San Antonio, Zambales; Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro; Candon City, Ilocos Sur; and Pintuyan, Southern Leyte, among others. Phivolcs did not specify if the earthquakes in these areas were related to the one in Surigao.

Meanwhile, on Sunday there were almost 20 mild quakes which occurred in the Caraga Administrative Region or Region XIII, mostly in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte and San Jose, Dinagat Islands. The latest were magnitudes 2.2, 3.6 and 4.1 all in Surigao City.

Phivolcs and other local government agencies continue to monitor the situation in the region as several residents and establishments were affected.

At least six people died and almost 120 were injured from the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao City last Friday.

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