Phivolcs: 5.1-magnitude aftershock strikes waters off Hinatuan

Phivolcs: 5.1-magnitude aftershock strikes waters off Hinatuan town

By: - Reporter / @luisacabatoINQ
/ 01:56 PM April 03, 2024

Phivolcs: 5.1-magnitude aftershock strikes waters off Hinatuan town

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reports that a magnitude 5.1 aftershock hit waters off Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur at 12:51 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. This episode is an aftershock of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked Hinatuan on December 2, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Phivolcs)

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 5.1 aftershock hit waters off Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur province on Wednesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The one-kilometer-deep tectonic tremor occurred at 12:51 p.m. and was located 65 kilometers (km) northeast of Hinatuan. The state seismologist noted that it was an aftershock of the 7.4-magnitude quake that jolted Hinatuan on December 2 last year.

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Initially, Phivolcs said that Instrumental Intensity II was recorded in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, while its dwellers reported experiencing ground movement at Intensity IV.

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Instrumental intensity is measured by an intensity meter or scale, while intensity is the strength of an earthquake as felt and reported by the population, Phivolcs explained previously.

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As of writing, Phivolcs said it had not received any report of damage caused by the aftershock. It also warned that another aftershock may follow this event.

At 1:45 p.m,, a magnitude 4.1 aftershock swayed Hinatuan, Phivolcs said in a separate advisory

The tectonic quake occurred 59 km northeast of the town and had a depth of focus of 11 km.

The state seismologist said this aftershock registered Instrumental Intensity I and Intensity III in Bislig City.

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A 7.4-magnitude solid quake roused sleeping residents of Hinatuan on December 2, 2023. At least 6,500 aftershocks followed the major earthquake that hit the locality at 10:37 p.m. This temblor triggered tsunami warnings in the country and Japan.

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Phivoilcs, however, lifted the tsunami alert for the Philippines on Sunday morning.

Later, the state seismologist said the movements in the Philippine trench caused the quake.

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that three people were killed and 74 others were injured from the earthquake.

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