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Surigao del Norte Shaken by 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake

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Earthquake Hits Surigao del Norte

Magnitude 5.3 Tremor Reported by Phivolcs

On Monday, Surigao del Norte experienced a seismic event, with a magnitude 5.3 earthquake shaking the region, as confirmed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Details of the Earthquake

Phivolcs Director Teresito Bacolcol provided details of the earthquake, stating that it occurred at approximately 10:03 a.m. local time. The epicenter was located about 92 kilometers northeast of General Luna, a town within Surigao del Norte. The quake was determined to be of tectonic origin, with a depth of focus measuring 195 kilometers.

Intensity of the Tremor

According to Bacolcol, the earthquake was felt at varying intensities across different areas:

  • Intensity 3: Experienced by residents in General Luna and Dapa, Surigao del Norte.
  • Intensity 2: Reported in Burgos and Claver, also within Surigao del Norte.
  • Intensity 1: Noted in Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands.

Additionally, Instrumental Intensity 2 was recorded in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, providing further data on the extent of the seismic activity.

Previous Earthquake Activity in the Region

Magnitude 5.2 Quake Hits Surigao del Sur

Just a day prior to the Surigao del Norte earthquake, another seismic event occurred southeast of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. Phivolcs reported a magnitude 5.2 earthquake late Tuesday evening, with a depth of 38 kilometers.

Impact of the Quake

The earthquake, which struck at 10:37 p.m., had noticeable effects in several areas:

  • The quake’s effects were felt in regions surrounding its epicenter, highlighting the widespread impact of seismic activity in the region.


The occurrence of earthquakes, such as those experienced in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, underscores the seismic activity prevalent in the Philippines. With Phivolcs actively monitoring and reporting on such events, efforts are underway to provide timely information and enhance preparedness measures to mitigate the impact of seismic events on affected communities.

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