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5 moderate quakes jolt provinces of Luzon, Mindanao; also felt in NCR

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Five moderate earthquakes struck parts of the provinces in Luzon and Mindanao and was felt also in Metro Manila on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs).

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the first tremor with a magnitude of 4.4 occurred at 1:06 a.m. and the epicenter was traced 21 kilometers northwest of Agno town in Pangsinan.

Intensity 3 felt in Angeles City, Clark, Pampanga while Intensity 1 felt in Quezon City, Pasay City and Pasig City

The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a shallow depth of 35 kilometers.

The second tremor with a magnitude of 2.4 happened at around 2:49 a.m. and its epicenter was located at 27 kilometers southeast of Daet town in Camairnes Norte.

The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of seven kilometers.

At around 3:10 a.m., the third quake measuring magnitude 2.7 occurred with epicenter traced 10 kilometers of southwest of Makilala town in North Cotabato.

The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a shallow depth of 26 kilometers.

The fourth tremor with magnitude of 3.0, was recorded at 4:10 a.m. with the epicenter traced 85 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos town in Davao Occidental.

The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a shallow depth of 19 kilometers.

The fifth quake with magnitude 2.9 recorded around 4:51 a.m. in Camarines Sur with epicenter traced 12 kilometers southwest of Ragay.

The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, had a shallow depth of 11 kilometers.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs said there was no casualty or damage reported from the five tremors.

It added that no aftershocks are expected from the five quakes.

The Philippines lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where 20 to 25 earthquakes per day — mostly imperceptible — are common, Phivolcs said. (PNA)

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