Friday, 24 February 2017 14:06
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that an earthquake occurred on Thursday morning.
Phivolcs chief, Eng. Allan Labayog disclosed that the tremor occurred at 7:36 a.m. with its epicenter at northwest of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.
Residents near Siocon may have felt the 3.8 intensity quake in their area but in Zamboanga City, the intensity level was only 2.
Labayog said the tectonic quake was about 35 kilometers down the earth and was caused by movements of stones along the Sulu Trench.
“Barangay Limpapa in the west coast is the nearest barangay of Zamboanga to the Sulu Trench. In the event a large movement of the stones will occur, we are asking the people to be extra careful at all times,” Labayog said.
Meanwhile, Labayog said that their office is now constructing the Early Monitoring System (EMS) at the local pier for the early detection of tsunami.
“We are now in the process of upgrading our equipment to make us more capable in quake detection,” Labayog said. (Nonong Santiago)
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