• 5 mild quakes shake Leyte

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    Five mild earthquakes struck Leyte on Sunday morning in just two hours,, the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

    The strongest was a magnitude 4.1 quake at 10:41 a.m., with the epicenter eight kilometers from Capoocan in Leyte.

    Philvocs researcher Maylene Enriquez said no damage is expected from the quake swarm.

    The other quakes in Leyte were: 3.3-magnitude at 9:36 a.m. 6 km of Kananga, 3.2-magnitude at 10:32 a.m. some 9 km of Villaba, 3.1-magnitude at 11:19 a.m. some 2 km of Kananga, and then 2.4-magnitude at 11:34 a.m. some 11 km of Jaro.

    Also on Sunday, two earthquakes measuring 3.5 and 3.4 respectively were recorded in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and Gov. Generoso in Davao Oriental.

    A 6.5 on Richter scale struck central Java in Indonesia on Saturday at 12:18 p.m., Phivolcs, however, said the Java quake had no connection with the Leyte tremors.

    The Java tremor was centered 104 km southwest of Kebumen district, West Java province, at a depth of 48 km.

    No casualties have been reported, though the quake was felt by residents living in Yogyakarta province, West Java province, and Jakarta.

    JIMMY R. PILAPIL

     

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