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4.7-magnitude quake rocks Bohol, Cebu

Cebu City – A 4.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the provinces of Bohol and Cebu yesterday morning, sending workers in high-rise buildings scampering for safety and disrupting graduation rites in Cebu. State seismologists said it was an aftershock of the destructive 7.2-magnitude tremor that struck Central Visayas almost two years ago.

A Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) advisory said the epicenter of the earthquake, which was felt at 9:47 a.m. Monday, was registered eight kilometers southeast of Buenavista town in Bohol.

Intensity 5 was felt in San Miguel, Bohol, Intensity 4 was felt in Lapu-Lapu City and Buenavista, Bohol, while Intensity 3 was felt in Cebu City, Bacolod City, Bogo City, Tagbilaran City and in Iloilo City.

Phivolcs described an Intensity 5 earthquake as strong which is generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors.


The earthquake disrupted graduation rites in Cebu. Graduation rites held on the third floor of a building in Cebu City was temporarily stopped as parents rushed out of the building with their children in tow when earth started to move.

At the Cebu Business Park and IT Park, workers in high-rise buildings scampered towards the exit as earth started to move just more than an hour after they reported for work on Monday.


Senior science research specialist Vilma Hernandez of the Phivolcs said the possible source of the 4.7-magnitude earthquake may have been the North Bohol Fault, a fault that triggered the devastating 7.2-magnitude on Oct. 15, 2013.

“This quake is still an aftershock of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol in 2013. We continuously record aftershocks from that particular event two years after it struck Bohol but these are often small earthquakes and are not felt,” she said in a phone interview.


Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama ordered all workers at the City Hall to evacuate the building for possible aftershocks.

source: by Ellalyn B. De Vera and Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
            March 31, 2015

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