Central Luzon and National Capital Region was rattled yesterday after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit, leaving 16 people dead with 14 still missing due to the collapse of establishments. A second strong earthquake hit the country, this time in Eastern Samar, Visayas.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake of tectonic origin rocked San Julian in Eastern Samar on Tuesday afternoon, April 23, 2019.
In a report released by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake happened at 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday.
Intensity 5 was felt in Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, and Samar. Intensity 4 was felt in Masbate City, Legazpi City and Sorsogon City.
Cebu also felt an intensity 3 quake.
The authorities are yet to report if there are casualties and damages among households and major facilities.
Meanwhile, in spite the real time uploads of netizens of what had happened in their areas during these two earthquakes, malicious information had spread across the web. Phivolcs then explained their part on the advent of earthquakes without notice. Written in Filipino, the institute explained that they don’t give forecasts about earthquakes.
“PAKIUSAP, HUWAG magpadala o mag-forward ng anumang impormasyon na maaaring lalong makadagdag sa pagkalito at pagkatakot ng mga makakabasa nito.” (PLEASE, DON’T be persuaded or forward any information which might cause more confusion and fear to the ones who might read it.)
They advise instead to always check their website for accurate information: www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph.
Like on the earthquake which shocked Luzon, however, Phivolcs assured no threats of tsunami in Samar.
“No destructive tsunami threat exists based on available data. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake,” the institute said in an advisory.