A magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook several parts of Western Visayas on Wednesday, but no damages or casualties have so far been reported, authorities said.
Maj. Enrico Ileto, spokesman of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said the quake was felt in Iloilo City past 1 p.m.
Several residents of the city’s La Paz and Jaro districts reportedly went out of their homes during the quake, Ileto said by phone.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred about 4 kilometers north-northwest of Brgy. Linaon in Cauayan, Negros Occidental.
Capt. Leo Christopher Cunanan, spokesman of Army’s 303rd Brigade based in Murcia, said the quake was felt at his office in Bacolod City, which is more than 100 kilometers away from Cauayan.
“There are no reports yet on damages or casualties,” Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Western Visayas regional police director, said in a text message.
“All police units have been alerted for possible aftershocks,” he added.
The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology said the 1:21 p.m. quake was tectonic in origin and pegged the magnitude at 5.8.
It said Intensity V was felt in Binalbagan, Hinobaan, and Hinigaran, all of Negros Occidental; as well as Iloilo City.
Intensity IV was felt in Sigma, Capiz; Alimodian, Bago City; Nueva Valencia, Guimaras; and Pontevedra, Negros Occidental.
Intensity III was felt in Dao, Capiz; Sipalay, Negros Occidental; Patnongon, San Jose, and Culasi, in Antique; Masbate; and Lezo, Aklan.
Intensity II was felt in Canlaon City and Murcia, Negros Occidental, as well as in Dipolog City of Zamboanga del Norte, Phivolcs said. (John Roson)
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