6 quakes hit Negros Oriental

CEBU CITY -- State seismologists recorded six tremors hitting Negros Oriental province Monday, with the latest located five kilometers southwest of Guilhulngan town.

The first quake with magnitude 3.0 occurred at 2:06 a.m. Monday 21 kilometers southwest of Tayasan, the epicenter of the 6.9-magnitude tremor that rocked Negros and Cebu islands last February 6.

It was followed by another magnitude 3 quake with the epicenter now located 25 kilometers northwest of Guihulngan. The second quake occurred at 3:19 a.m.

The third, with magnitude 3.3, occurred at 4:26 a.m. 22 kilometers northwest of Tayasan, while the next with magnitude 2.4 occurred at 4:53 a.m. also in Tayasan town.

The fifth and sixth tremors, both with magnitude 3.3, occurred southwest of Guihulngan around 7 p.m. Monday.

The Phivolcs said the six tremors recorded Monday were all tectonic and aftershocks are expected. No damage was reported.

The Phivolcs advised residents in Negros Oriental to be on alert for possible aftershocks, adding it is monitoring the situation.

At least 51 people died in the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit the province and nearby Cebu last February 6, while 112 were injured and 62 still missing. Most of the victims died in landslides triggered by the tremor in Guihulngan town.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest bulletin that 63,899 families or 320,165 persons were affected by the quake in 180 barangays, nine municipalities, two cities and two provinces in Central Visayas as Monday. (Sunnex)


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