Some 120 families in coastal areas of Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, fled their homes when a magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook the province early Saturday, police said.

SPO1 Versatile Pacate, investigator at the Tandag City Police Station, said the quake was felt around 2:17 a.m.

The quake, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, was felt at Intensity V in Tandag City, Intensity IV in Surigao City, and Intensity III in Bislig City.

“More than 100 to 120 households ang nagsilikas papunta dun sa Provincial Capitol, which is 1.2 to 1.3 kilometers from Ttandag City proper. ‘Yung provincial capitol is a high ground and even without a tsunami warning, alert ang mga tao, nagsilikas na agad,” Pacate said in a phone interview.

“So far sa mga infrastructure, sa mga government installation, mga roads, bridges so far po walang na-damage dito, maliban sa mga kasangkapan sa bahay na natumba dahil sa lindol,” he added.

About 30 minutes after the quake struck, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council confirmed that no tsunami warning was issued and allowed the evacuees to return home, Pacate said. (John Roson)

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