6.1-Magnitude Quake Jolts Zamboanga

A strong earthquake hit parts of the southern and central Philippines, frightening people but causing no serious damage or injuries, officials said

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck on Monday afternoon at a depth of 38 kilometres.

6.1-Magnitude Quake Jolts Zamboanga
6.1-Magnitude Quake Jolts Zamboanga © Philvocs

Government seismologist Jane Punongbayan said it was centered 205 kilometres northwest of Zamboanga city and was too deep and far from urban areas to cause any damage or injuries. She said aftershocks were expected.

It was felt with the following intensity levels:

  • Intensity IV – Zamboanga City
  • Intensity II – Dumaguete City and Bayawan City, Negros Oriental; Iloilo City; Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental; Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
  • Intensity I – Busay, Cebu; La Carlota City, Negros Occidental; Lugait, Negros Oriental

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum told dzMM that the quake is considered “moderately strong.”

He said aftershocks should be expected.

There were no immediate reports of damage to properties or injuries, ABS-CBN reported.