TACLOBAN CITY– A 5.2 magnitude quake in several parts in Leyte and Samar provinces at about 12:57 pm on Monday (Nov. 20).
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the tremor, which it first measured at 5.6 magnitude, had an epicenter of Calbiga, Samar.
It added that it expects some damages and aftershocks due to the tremor which was of tectonic in origin.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said that their power transmission services remain normal despite of the quake.
“The grid remains intact as there had been no reported cases of power interruptions and damaged transmissions facilities areas where the earthquake was felt,” it said in an advisory.
In Calbiga, the epicenter of the quake, employees of the municipal government including Mayor Red Nacario rushed outside the building.
“It was strong with the shaking lasting for almost five seconds,” an employee of the municipal disaster risk reduction management office said.
She said that there was no damage reported.
In Tacloban, people who were inside offices, homes, and establishments also went out to the streets for safety.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)