Phivolcs downgrades Quezon town quake to magnitude 5.3

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019   •   308

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 – Dingalan, Aurora; Mandaluyong City; Apalit, Pampanga; Taguig City; Lucban, Quezon
  • Intensity 1 – San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Gapan City; Meycauayan, Bulacan

Instrumental Intensity were recorded in the following areas:

  • Intensity 5 – Polillo, Quezon
  • Intensity 4 – Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Alabat and Mauban, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 – Guinayangan, Quezon; Marikina City; Baler, Aurora; Tagaytay City; Quezon City; Navotas 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.

Magnitude 5.2 quake jolts parts of Visayas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – (Update) A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted parts of Visayas on Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake, with a tectonic origin, occurred at 1:31 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 32 kilometers southwest of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

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The temblor has a depth of 21 kilometers. It was felt as intensity 4 in Guiuan, Mercedes, Lawaan, Hernani and Salcedo in Eastern Samar;

Intensity 3 in Tacloban City, Palo, Babatngon, Dulag, Abuyog, Hilongos, Bato and Tolosa in Leyte; San Francisco in Southern Leyte, Borongan and Maydolong in Eastern Sama;

Intensity 2 in Pastrana, Leyte; San Julian, Eastern Samar; Maasin City, Bontoc, Libagon and Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte.

Instrumental Intensities were also reported in the following areas:

  • Intensity IV – Borongan City
  • Intensity III – Palo, Leyte
  • Intensity II – Surigao City
  • Intensity I – Ormoc City; Gingoog City

Phivolcs said there were no reported damage bit aftershocks should be expected.

Last month, parts of Mindanao were hit by strong earthquakes that killed more than 20 people and left thousands of families homeless.

DPWH opens 6-kilometer by-pass road in Lopez, Quezon

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar formally opened to vehicular traffic on Friday, November 8, 2019 the 6.053 kilometers Lopez Bypass Road Project that will ease the bottleneck along busy Manila South Road-Daang Maharlika Highway. (DPWH Facebook Page)

MANILA, Philippines – The six-kilometer Lopez Bypass road project in Quezon province is now open to vehicular traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Friday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the opening of the road with a ceremonial drive through with this team.

He said the opening of the new bypass road in the fourth congressional district of Quezon will ease the congestion of vehicles along the busy Manila South Road-Daang Maharlika Highway.

It is also expected to make the travel quicker and safer for people coming from the southern part of Quezon province towards the Bicol region.

The construction of the P718 million road project began in 2015. It traverses the barangays of Del Pilar, San Lorenzo, a portion of Peñafrancia, Danlagan, Bacungan, and Canda Ilaya.

Villar believes the project’s completion will fast-track delivery of government and private-led services, as well as gear improvement on residents’ living standards.

“Improving access in major roadways is a key factor in the economic growth of our country,” he said in a statement.

To provide maximum road service, the DPWH said it is undertaking construction works to widen to six the current four lanes in the 2.13-kilometer segment of the bypass road.

Magnitude 5-quake hits Cotabato anew

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Another earthquake — this time with a 5.0 magnitude — hit an area in Mindanao Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake, with a tectonic origin, occurred at 2:07 p.m. Its epicenter was traced 18 kilometers east of Makilala, Cotabato.

The temblor was felt the strongest in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur with recorded intensity V. It was also felt in Pikit, Cotabato as well as in Bansalan, Davao del Sur at intensity IV.

Instrumental intensities were also reported in Malungon, Sarangani; Koronadal City; Tupi in South Cotabato and Alabel in Sarangani.

Phivolcs said the quake is not expected to cause damage but may spawn aftershocks.

The latest earthquake in Cotabato occurred just a few hours after a magnitude 5.5 tremor hit waters off Sarangani.

Phivolcs said there is no tsunami threat due to the quake and that this was independent from the series of earthquakes that shook Tulunan, Cotabato this month.

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