4.6-magnitude quake jolts Southern Leyte

Published April 23, 2021, 7:58 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

A light earthquake measuring 4.6-magnitude on the Richter scale shook parts of Southern Leyte early Friday, April 23, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake, which occurred at 4:31 a.m., originated 11 kilometers northeast of Sogod, Southern Leyte.

Phivolcs said the magnitude 4.6 earthquake was felt at Intensity IV as a “moderately strong” shaking in Sogod, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, and Libagon in Southern Leyte.

Its instruments also detected the quake as a “weak tremor” at Intensity III in Abuyog, Leyte.

It was a “slight shaking” at Intensity II in Baybay, Leyte, and “scarcely perceptible” at Intensity I in Palo, Leyte.

Phivolcs said the quake was tectonic in origin, which means the tremor was caused by the movement of an active fault in the area.

Moreover, it was shallow at a depth of 1 kilometer thus the strong shaking.

Phivolcs does not expect damage to property nor aftershocks to occur.