Tremor felt in coastal village in Bogo-A A +A
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A MILD tremor struck the coastal village of Siokon, Bogo City, Cebu yesterday at midnight.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) 7, the quake registered a magnitude of 3.3, or equivalent to an intensity 3 classification.
Robinson Jorgio, seismic observer of the Phivolcs Seismic Monitoring Station in Lapu-Lapu City, explained that the classification means the quake was felt by many people and objects were observed to have moved.
The epicenter of the quake was five kilometers and 54 degrees southeast of the town.
It was recorded at 12:06 a.m.
No damage was reported and no aftershocks ensued because the tremor was too weak, Jorgio said.
The quake was not even felt in the nearby towns of San Remigio and Tabogon.
Jorgio said there are two types of earthquakes: tectonic, which occurs with the movement of the ground, and volcanic, which follows after a volcanic eruption.
He said the tremor in Bogo City was tectonic in origin and caused by the movements near the seashore.
The earthquake reportedly occurred twice, but each did not last more than five seconds.
Insp. Ceferino Tabay Jr, the city’s police chief, told Sun.Star Cebu they are have prepared for any occurrence.
The affected village is 10 kilometers from the town proper and is densely populated.
Last Feb. 6, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Cebu and Negros Oriental.
A tsunami scare caused panic in downtown Cebu City, forcing people to run to the streets in search of higher ground.
Panic ensued after some people heard rumors that a tsunami hit the coastal barangays of Pasil, Ermita and Mambaling. That turned out to be false.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2012.