A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Eastern Samar Tuesday afternoon.
No tsunami threat after magnitude 6.5 Visayas quake
(Philstar.com) - April 23, 2019 - 3:15pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on Tuesday assured the public that there was no threat of a tsunami following a strong earthquake that shook Eastern Samar.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake was reported in San Julian, Eastern Samar with depth of 17 kilometers at around 1:37 p.m.

"No destructive tsunami threat exsist based on available data. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake," PHIVOLCS said in an advisory.

Intensities were reported in the following areas:

Intensity 6

  • San Julian, Eastern Samar

Intensity 5

  • Tacloban City
  • Catbalogan City, Samar
  • Gen. McArthur, Eastern Samar
  • Salcedo, Eastern Samar
  • Guiuan, Eastern Samar
  • Naval, Biliran
  • Catarman, Northern Samar
  • Palo, Leyte
  • Pastrana, Leyte

Intensity 4

  • Abuyog, Leyte
  • Hilongos, Leyte
  • Javier, Leyte
  • Capoocan, Leyte
  • Julieta, Leyte
  • Baybay, Leyte
  • Barogo, Leyte
  • Jaro, Leyte
  • MacArthur, Leyte
  • Matalum, Leyte
  • Villaba, Leyte
  • San Francisco, Southern Leyte
  • Bisilig City, Surigao del Sur 
  • Iloilo City
  • Naga City
  • Sorsogon City
  • Panganiban, Catanduanes

Intensity 3

  • Binalbagan, Negros Occidental
  • Cabalian, Southern Leyte 
  • Dimasalang, Masbate
  • Butuan City
  • Cabadbaran City

Intensity 2

  • Bago City
  • Bacolod City 

The earthquake was tectonin in origin. PHIVOLCS warned that aftershocks are expected following the tremor. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: October 17, 2019 - 7:59am

Get the latest updates on the earthquake here.

October 17, 2019 - 7:59am

Another earthquake shook Mindanao today after the strong 6.3 magnitude quake jolted Tulunan, North Cotabato last night. Phivolcs says a magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit 17 km of Manay, Davao Oriental at 4:53 a.m. today.

September 29, 2019 - 10:48am

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the waters off Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental at 10:02 a.m.

Intensity 4 or moderately strong shaking was felt in Kiamba and Alabel, Sarangani; General Santos City; and Tupi, South Cotabato.

No aftershocks or damage is expected, Phivolcs says.

September 18, 2019 - 3:53pm

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hits waters off Sarangani, Davao Occidental at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Intensity I or scarcely perceptible shaking was felt in Alabel, Sarangani and General Santos City.

State volcanologists say aftershocks are expected. 

July 17, 2019 - 2:06pm

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit a remote Indonesian island chain at the weekend has climbed to five, with thousands living in evacuation shelters, an official says.

The shallow 7.3-magnitude quake struck about 165 kilometres (100 miles) south of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province on Sunday evening, according to the US Geological Survey.

"Five people died after they were hit by debris," Agus Wibowo, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, says in a statement.

July 14, 2019 - 2:50pm

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northwest Australia Sunday, the US Geological Survey says, but there was no tsunami alert.

The shallow quake hit 203 kilometers (126 miles) west of the beach resort of Broome, Western Australia, the USGS says.

The tremor was felt in Broome and in Port Hedland, Australia's biggest bulk export port, according to Geoscience Australia, which measured the quake at 6.5.

In its initial assessment, the USGS says there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

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