Magnitude 6.0 earthquake recorded off Masbate | Inquirer News

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake recorded off Masbate

/ 04:08 AM February 16, 2023

Masbate earthquake map. STORY: Magnitude 6.0 earthquake recorded off Masbate

Map from Phivolcs

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck 10 km southwest of Batuan in Masbate at 2:10 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).


The epicenter of the tectonic earthquake was recorded at a depth of 10 km.


The temblor is expected to cause damage and aftershocks, according to Phivolcs.

The Philippine Fault in Masbate caused the tremor, Phivolcs also said.

The following are the reported intensities:

  • Intensity VII – Masbate City in Masbate
  • Intensity V – Dimasalang in  San Fernando and Uson in Masbate
  • Intensity IV – Legazpi in Albay; Aroroy, Cataingan, Esperanza, Milagros, and Pio V. Corpuz in Masbate; Irosin and Sorsogon City in Sorsogon
  • Intensity III – Daraga in Albay

The following are the instrumental intensities:

  • Intensity VI – Masbate City in Masbate
  • Intensity IV – Bulusan and Sorsogon City in Sorsogon; Bogo City in Cebu
  • Intensity III – Legazpi City and Tabaco City in Albay; Iriga City in Camarines Sur; Bago City in Negros Occidental; Alangalang, Calubian, Isabel, Kananga, and Palo in Leyte; Ormoc City and Rosario in Northern Samar
  • Intensity II – Gumaca in Quezon; Daet in Camarines Norte; Ragay in Camarines Sur; Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon; Malinao, in Aklan; Jamindan and Tapaz in Capiz; Argao in Cebu; Can-Avid in Eastern Samar; Abuyog and Dulag in Leyte; San Roque in Northern Samar
  • Intensity I – Lopez, Mulanay, and Polillo in Quezon; Boac in Marinduque; Pandan in Antique; La Carlota City in Negros Occidental; Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte

Felt intensity is the ground shaking actually felt and reported by the people through the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale, while instrumental intensity was indicated by the ground shaking intensity measured by the intensity meters in and around the epicentral area.


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