Earthquakes hit Baguio; the latest intensity 4 -Phivolcs

February 18, 2011 11:16 am 

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 18 — Four earthquakes of various intensities have hit this mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila since Thursday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Phivolcs Regional Chief Salvador Cesario said the latest tremor occurred at 6:20 a.m. Friday, measuring at intensity 4.0 in the Richter scale or at a magnitude of 5.0.

He said the epicenter was 10 kilometers northwest of this city. It was tectonic in origin.

So far, no damage to property or any casualty was reported.

Cesario also said that on Thursday morning, an intensity 3.3 earthquake, also of tectonic origin and with epicenter in La Trinidad, Benguet, hit Baguio and Benguet.

It was followed by two aftershocks Thursday afternoon with 3.1 and 3.0 intensities, respectively.

Thursday's earthquakes were not easily noticed in the outskirts barangays, but were strong enough to prompt some schools and business firms in the Baguio central business district to suspend their operations.

Some residents who experienced the 1990 "killer quake" with intensity 7.7 in the Richter scale remain wary whenever earthquake happens here that there have been series of earthquake drills in universities in the past years. (PNA)

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