A magnitude 5.8 earthquake of tectonic origin jolted parts of Negros at about 1:21 p.m. yesterday, with its epicenter in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology station in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, said.
Philvolcs science research analyst, Joe Molas, said Intensity 3 was felt in Dumaguete City, 4 in Bayawan, and 5 in Tayasan, all of Negros Oriental. The temblor was felt at Intensity 5 in Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Hinoba-an, Pontevedra and Sipalay, all of Negros Occidental; 4 in Sigma, Capiz and Alimodian, Iloilo; 3 in Kalibo and Lezo, Aklan; and 2 in San Jose, Antique.
Molas said the quake was triggered by a shift in the tectonic plates of the Negros Trench. No tsunami alert was issued in the areas affected. Phivolcs also said it recorded four aftershocks as of 5 p.m. yesterday.*JFP
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