M4.8 quake shakes typhoon-hit Iloilo, Capiz

A MAGNITUDE 4.8 earthquake of tectonic origin shook the typhoon-hit province of Iloilo at 8:19 p.m. on Thursday, December 26.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) initially reported the tremor near Dumarao, Capiz, but later revised the epicenter to be near San Enrique, Iloilo.

The quake was felt at Intensity 4 in Tapaz, Capiz as well as in Passi City and Dingle town in Iloilo; Intensity 3 in Iloilo City and as far as La Carlota and Bacolod cities in Negros Occidental; and Intensity 2 in President Roxas, Capiz.

Phivolcs said the quake struck at a depth of 14 kilometers, not one kilometer as it earlier advised, and around 7.0 kilometers south of San Enrique town.

No aftershocks nor damage are expected.

The quake struck on the same day that Capiz province was placed under a state of calamity because of the damage wrought by Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) on Christmas Day.

The typhoon also wreaked havoc in northern Iloilo and caused the death of 16 people in Western Visayas region. (NJN/SunStar Philippines)