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Magnitude 4.2 quake jolts Surigao del Norte

MANILA, Jan. 30 — A magnitude-4.2 earthquake jolted the province of Surigao del Norte on Thursday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In its bulletin, the agency said the tremor occurred at 12:02 a.m. with its epicenter traced 44 kilometers northeast of General Luna in Surigao del Norte and Intensity 4 also recorded in the area.

Phivolcs described an Intensity 4 as moderately strong and could be felt generally by people indoors and by some people outdoors. Light sleepers are awakened.

It further noted that a vibration like the “passing of heavy truck. Hanging objects swing considerably. Dinner, plates, glasses, windows and doors rattle while floors and walls of wood framed buildings creak. Standing motor cars may rock slightly.

It added that liquids in containers are slightly disturbed. Water in containers oscillate strongly while rumbling sound may sometimes be heard.

Phivolcs said the temblor, which was tectonic in origin, had a shallow depth of 52 kilometers.

Despite of the felt intensity, the agency noted that there was no casualty or damage reported from the quake.

Phivolcs further noted that aftershocks were not expected as well. (PNA)


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