The Philippines’ Masbate province was shaken at around 2 a.m. local time on Thursday. Residents were woken up by the midnight earthquake. They were terrified as the whole area was shaking.
According to data provided by the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was Miyaga village in the municipality of Uson, Masbate province. The source of this earthquake was 11 km deep from the surface.
Rolly Albana, police chief of Masbate province, said the intensity of the earthquake was quite high. Such earthquakes commonly trigger tsunami warnings in island nations like the Philippines. However, that warning was not issued after Thursday’s quake.
On the other hand, according to Uson Police Chief Rayden Toledo, the residents were so frightened by the midnight earthquake that many of them came out of their houses screaming. Many tried to flee the area.
“At that time I also came out of the house. For a moment it looked like the house might collapse. I understood that it happened because of the aftershock.” After the earthquake, said the police chief of Toledo.
Disaster response forces were sent to inspect the area after the earthquake. This force has started the work of crack testing by visiting the village from house to house. Schools and government buildings are also being inspected. However, no damage was reported till the time of publication.
It should be noted that a severe earthquake occurred in New Zealand on Wednesday during the hurricane. There too the magnitude of the tremor was 6.1. Tremors were felt in the Paraparaumu area of New Zealand. The source of the tremor was at a depth of 57.4 km below the surface. Many people are in danger due to the earthquake during the cyclone. However, there were no reports of collapse or loss of life in Newlyland.
On February 6 of this year, a severe earthquake occurred in Turkey and Syria. The magnitude of the tremor was more than 7 on the Richter scale. More than 40,000 people have died in that earthquake so far. Indian Army and NDRF teams are carrying out rescue operations in this earthquake-ravaged country.