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USGS: Predawn magnitude-5 quake rocks central RP

March 27, 2010 8:32am
A magnitude-5 quake rocked parts of Central Philippines before dawn Saturday, but there was no initial report of casualty or damage.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake was recorded at 2:17 a.m., with the epicenter traced to 125 km east-southeast of Pandan, Catanduanes in Bicol Region.

It said the epicenter was 155 km east of Legazpi City in Albay; 160 km north-northeast of Calbayog in Samar province in Eastern Visayas; or 475 km east-southeast of Manila.

Last Thursday, a magnitude-6 quake rocked parts of Southern Luzon and was felt in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

But the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said no damage was expected from Thursday's quake.

On Saturday morning, Phivolcs reported that a magnitude-3.3 quake rocked parts of Bohol province in Central Visayas Friday night, but state seismologists said no damage was expected.

Phivolcs said the quake occurred at 7:40 p.m., and was tectonic in origin, with epicenter at about 9 km northeast of Tagbilaran City.

Intensity IV was felt in Tagbilaran City, and in Dauis and Corella towns in Bohol. — LBG, GMANews.TV



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