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Magnitude 5.5 quake rocks Surigao del Sur

Residents of Madrid and Carmen towns in the northern part of Surigao del Sur were awakened from their sleep after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake happened early in the morning on Saturday, July 13.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the shaking was recorded at 4:42a.m. with a depth of 004 kilometers.

The epicenter was located east of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur.

Photos of the quake’s aftermath were posted on Philippine Information Agency Surigao del Norte’s Facebook account.

One photo showed the ceiling that fell on the altar and the front portion of a church there.

Photo courtesy of PIA Surigao del Norte

Intensity VI was recorded in Carrascal, Cantilan, Carmen, Lanuza, and Madrid. Intensity V was felt in Bayabas and Cortes, Surigao del Sur and Butuan City.

Intensity IV in the cities of Surigao, Tandag, and Gingoog in Surigao del Sur, Claver, Surigao del Norte, Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental, Talacogon, and Agusan del Sur.

Intensity III was recorded in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Balingasag, Balingoan, Jasaan, Salay, and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental, Pintuyan, San Francisco, and San Ricardo in Southern Leyte, and Cagayan De Oro City.

Intensity II was felt in Mambajao Camiguin, Cebu City and Borongan City, Eastern Samar while Intensity I was recorded in Bislig City and Palo, Leyte.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) via PIA Surigao del Norte, there is an ongoing assessment as to the extent of damages. //

Photo courtesy of PIA Surigao del Norte

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