Magnitude 5 quake jolts Vizcaya, Baguio

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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Friday reported that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake jolted the town of Ambaguio in Nueva Vizcaya.

In the state agency’s bulletin, the earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, occurred at 3:45 a.m. Its epicentre was 12 kilometers southeast of Ambaguio, with a depth of nine kilometres.

Baguio Phivolcs Officer-in-Charge Salvador Cesario said its epicenter was traced to Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, which felt an Intensity 5. Baguio felt Intensity 3, and the towns of and Aglipay, Maddela, Quirino felt Intensity 4.

According to preliminary assessments of Phivolcs, there was likelihood of damage.


As of press time, Cesario said there were 10 aftershocks reported in Bayombong.

He cautioned the public to be always ready when calamities occur, especially earthquakes, which up to now no technology can monitor the exact time of occurrence.

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