Magnitude 6.5 quake jolts Leyte


MANILA — A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck the province of Leyte on Thursday afternoon.

In an advisory, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake occurred at 4:03 p.m., with its epicenter located at 8 km, west of Jaro, Leyte.

The tectonic earthquake had a depth of 2 km. It was felt at Intensity 5 in Tacloban City; Palo, Leyte; Cebu City; Intensity 4 in Tolosa, Leyte; Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Burgos, Surigao del Norte; Intensity 3 in Bogo City, Cebu; Calatrava, Negros Occidental; Intensity 2 in Libjo, San Jose, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands; and Intensity 1 in Roxas City and La Carlota City, Negros Occidental.

As of this posting, Phivolcs said there are expected damages and aftershocks from the earthquake. (Benjamin T. Bondoc/