The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded a 5.0-magnitude earthquake in Masbate province early Saturday morning, Aug. 20.
It was initially measured as a magnitude 5.2 quake but Phivolcs later revised it to magnitude 5.0.
Phivolcs said the quake struck 6 kilometers (km) northeast of the City of Masbate, Masbate province at around 3:22 p.m.
The earthquake was felt at Intensity V (strong) in Masbate City.
It was also felt at Intensity III (weak) in Legazpi City in Albay and Irosin and Sorsogon City in Sorsogon.
Meanwhile, Aroroy, Masbate felt it at Intensity II (slightly felt).
Phivolcs’ instruments also recorded the earthquake at Intensity III in Legazpi City, Albay and Mahaplag, Leyte; Intensity II in Tabaco, Albay; and Intensity I in Naval in Biliran, Iriga City and Pili in Camarines Sur, Calubian and Ormoc City in Leyte, and Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon.
Phivolcs said the earthquake may have caused damage to houses, buildings, and other infrastructures.
It advised the public to stay vigilant as aftershocks may occur.