Mindanao, Visayas jolted by small quakes


ZAMBOANGA CITY: The southern and central part of Philippines on Tuesday was jolted by a series of quakes in the central and southern region, although there have been no reports of injuries or damages to structures.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, a 3.5 magnitude quake hit the town of Gov. Generoso in Davao Oriental province and 2.6-magnitude in Burgos town in Surigao del Norte, all in Mindanao.

Another quake was also recorded in Tagbilaran City in Bohol province, which has been previously damaged by a powerful tremor last year. The latest quake was 2.6 magnitude, according to the report.

It said a 3.4 magnitude also struck Sipalay town in Negros Occidental province. The agency said the earthquake was tectonic.

The Philippines sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000-kilometer area where large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. It has more than 400 volcanoes and sometimes called the circum-Pacific seismic belt. AL JACINTO



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