Northern Samar reports no damage from magnitude 5 tremor

January 15, 2015 2:01 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, Jan 14 -– The magnitude 5 earthquake that jolted Northern Samar has not damaged the island town nearest to the epicenter.

Biri Mayor Antonio De los Reyes, Jr. said that although ground shaking was felt late Tuesday night, they have not received damage reports.

“It’s not really strong and it did not destroy houses and building in our island although it awakened us,” De los Reyes told PNA in a mobile phone interview.

The town, known for its unusual rock formations, has a population of about 11,000.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), in a bulletin issued Tuesday midnight, said the quake felt 11:33 p.m., with a depth of 10 kilometers, had its epicenter 38 km northeast off Biri Island, Northern Samar.

According to the Phivolcs bulletin, intensity 3 was felt in the town of San Isidro and Allen in Northern Samar and Legaspi City in Albay. Intensity 2 was recorded in Catarman, the capital town of Northern Samar.

San Isidro town Mayor Conrado Avila, Sr. said that they also felt the ground shaking, but “it was insignificant since it did not destroy anything.”

Last night’s tremor was the second earthquake with reported felt intensities based on Phivolcs earthquake intensity scale. The first was the magnitude 5.9 ground shaking on Jan. 11 in San Antonio, Zambales. (PNA)

RMA/SARWELL Q. MENIANO/EDS

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