Surigao del Sur struck by 5.1 magnitude earthquake

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake rocked Surigao del Sur province on Wednesday morning, January 3, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The earthquake, which hit at 9:11 a.m., had its epicenter 32 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur.

The earthquake, with a depth of 25 kilometers, was caused by the Philippine Trench and was felt at Intensity V in Bislig City and Hinatuan, Intensity III in Tandag City and Lingig town, and Intensity II in Tagbina, Lianga, Bayabas, and Cagwait, all in Surigao del Sur.

Despite the strong tremor, no damage or injuries are expected. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga and Surigao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported no damage or injury from the earthquake.

Phivolcs noted that this earthquake is an aftershock of the magnitude 7.4-earthquake that hit Surigao del Sur on December 2.

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