By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
An earthquake was felt across the Western Visayas last Thursday. Based on information provided by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake measured 4.8 in magnitude with an epicenter in the town of San Enrique in Iloilo.
The tremor was initially pinpointed to Dumarao, Capiz but was later revised after receiving more accurate data.
An Intensity IV, which has a vibration similar to a passing heavy truck, was felt in Tapaz, Capiz, along with Passi City and Dingle in Iloilo; while an Intensity III, where a few people feel the tremor, particularly those on the upper floors of buildings, was recorded in Iloilo City, along with La Carlota City and Bacolod City in Negros Occidental.
Some buildings in Iloilo were reportedly evacuated following the quake, although no damage was reported.
In Bacolod City, an office block located beside the Capitol Park and Lagoon was evacuated but employees were allowed to return to work after an all-clear was declared.
Phivolcs added, they are not expecting any aftershocks from the tremor.
Meanwhile, a minor earthquake was also recorded Friday morning off the coast of Hinoba-an.
Phivolcs said the epicenter of the 3.4-magnitude quake was detected southwest of the town.
The agency is also not expecting any aftershocks nor was there any damage recorded from the tremor./DGB, WDJ