Expect Aftershocks, Damage from Magnitude-6.2 Quake Northeast of Bicol

February 3, 2015 — Aftershocks and property damage are the expected effects of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook parts of the Bicol region late Monday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in a bulletin issued shortly before midnight.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was felt at Intensity III in Panganiban, Catanduanes, in Sorosogon City, and in Legazpi City. In Naga City, Camarines Sur, the quake was measured at Intensity II.

Phivolcs also said the quake was tectnoic in nature and had a “depth of focus” of just 1 kilometer. This means the edges of the plates that brushed against each other did so at a shallow depth.

The epicenter of the quake was northeast of Virac, Catanduanes near the East Luzon Trench.

In an advisory, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) directed its concerned field units and the residents they serve to take precautions.

The NDRRMC told its field units to “untiringly aim for zero casualties.” - GMA Network

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