Quake strikes Ilocos area; aftershocks, damages unexpected

MANILA — A magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck Monday afternoon at 38 km north 76° west of Ilocos Norte province’s Laoag City but government isn’t expecting aftershocks and damages from this tremblor.

In its earthquake information 2 released Monday afternoon, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the 5:20 p.m. tremblor was of tectonic origin and struck at a depth of 27 kms.

The earthquake was reported at intensity III in Ilocos Sur province’s Vigan City, noted Phivolcs.

Phivolcs said it’ll continue updating its information on the earthquake as soon as data becomes available. Catherine Teves/PNA-northboundasia.com