MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has downgraded the magnitude of an earthquake that hit Burdeos town in Quezon Province to magnitude 5.3 on Friday afternoon.
Phivolcs originally placed the magnitude at 5.5 before eventually revising it to 5.3.
Based on the latest earthquake information posted on Phivolcs website, the tectonic quake struck at 4:28 p.m. with a depth of 62 kilometers. Its epicenter was traced 39 kilometers northeast of Burdeos.
Phivolcs recorded varying quake intensities felt in the following areas:
Intensity 5 – Burdeos and Infanta, Quezon; Los Baños and Pakil, Laguna
Intensity 4 – Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Marikina City; Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Alabat and Gen. Nakar, Quezon
Intensity 3 – Guinayangan, Quezon; Muntinlupa City; Manila City; San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; Bacoor, Cavite; Maddela, Quirino; San Mateo, Rizal; Baler, Aurora; Lucena City
Intensity 2 – Mulanay, Lucban and Gumaca, Quezon; Malolos and San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Las Pinas City; Pasig City; San Juan City; Caloocan City; Malabon City; Muntinlupa City; Calumpit, Bulacan
Intensity 1 – Talisay, Batangas; Olongapo City; San Jose, Nueva Ecija
Phivolcs said that due to the magnitude of this quake, the islands of Polillo, Jamalig, and Burdeos may suffer damages.
Aftershocks are also expected and may be felt in areas near the epicenter.
Based on earthquake information posted on Phivolcs website, aftershocks of varying magnitudes have been recorded: magnitude 2.4 at 5:02 p.m., magnitude 4.7 at 5:18 p.m., magnitude 2.9 at 5:20 pm.; and magnitude 1.5 at 6:27 p.m. – All were felt in Burdeos, Quezon.
The temblor caused the temporary suspension of railway services and classes in several schools in Metro Manila.
Panamanian authorities said on Saturday (July 27) they have seized nearly four tonnes of cocaine after patrolling and intercepting a speedboat via air and sea along the northern perimeter of Isla Grande in the province of Colon.
Panama’s Naval Service (SENAN) intercepted a go-fast speedboat, seizing 3,989 packages of cocaine, making it the third successful operation of its kind so far in 2019.
Five Colombians were arrested.
“Our naval air carriers have been operating in the Caribbean sector where they intercepted a go-fast speedboat, with special features due to its capacity,” said Juan Manuel Pino, general director of Panama’s naval service, Senan.
Central America and Mexico are the main transit points for South American cocaine destined for U.S. markets. (REUTERS)
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