Magnitude 4.8 quake jolts Masbate City
MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck Masbate City on Wednesday morning and was felt as far as Iloilo province, state seismologists reported.
The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck 56 kilometers east of Masbate City, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
The tremor occurred at 9:38 a.m. with a shallow depth of 11 kilometers, according to Phivolcs.
Phivolcs said Intensity VI was reported in Mobo town in Masbate; Intensity V in Masbate City; Intensity IV at Aroroy and Baleno, Masbate; Intensity III at Batuan, Masbate; Intensity II at San Jacinto, Masbate and Ajuy, Iloilo; and Intensity I at Passi City, Iloilo.
Instrumental Intensity V was also recorded in Masbate City, and Instrumental Intensity I at Passi City, Iloilo.
The earthquake is likely to cause damage, according to Phivolcs.
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