Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Strong Quake Felt in Central Visayas

Many Visayans felt panic as a 6.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Central Visayas at noon yesterday. The United States Geological Survey located the earthquake's epicenter at La Libertad town, Central Visayas (9.964°N, 123.246°E). Its depth was 46.6 km.

The earthquake was 72 km north of Dumaguete City, 74 km west-northwest of Tagbilaran City, Bohol and 80 km westsouthwest of Cebu City, Cebu IsLand.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reported in its website that although "earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake's epicenter, no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data."

The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a bulletin: "No evacuation order is in effect. People in threatened coastal areas along Negros and Cebu IsLands are expected to experience minor sea level changes and people living near coastal areas are advised to be watchful."