According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), a 2.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded over the weekend just west of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. The region has been struck with minor tremors over the past couple weeks with the agency recording recent seismic activity in the vicinity of Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental.
Reports showed no damage was recorded following the quake, along with no expectation of aftershocks.
Earthquakes of this magnitude are often classified as a Level 1 on the Mercalli intensity scale, where very few even feel the tremor.
In August alone, Phivolcs recorded two minor earthquakes near Hinoba-an, with 2.0 and 2.6-magnitude tremors striking the area.
Earlier this year, during a visit to Bacolod City, Phivolcs director and Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum recommended Negros Occidental local government units prepare for the possibility of earthquakes after new fault lines were recently discovered on the island./WDJ