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3 quakes shake Eastern Samar

At least three relatively strong earthquakes shook parts of Eastern Samar shortly after yesterday noon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). At 12:26 p.m. Wednesday, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded that originated 13 kilometers (km) northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Phivolcs said Intensity 4 was felt in Borongan City, Eastern Samar and Intensity 3 in San Policarpio and Oras in Eastern Samar, and Tacloban City. It was followed by a 5.0-magnitude tremor at 12:30 p.m. yesterday with its epicenter located 38 km northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Intensity 5 was felt in Borongan in Eastern Samar, and Tacloban City, and Intensity 4 in San Policarpio and Mercedes in Eastern Samar, and Pastrana in Leyte.

Phivolcs science research specialist Erlinton Olavere said an earthquake that is felt at Intensity 5 is considered strong and felt by most people. Shortly after, a 4.6-magnitude tremor was recorded at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday, which originated 13 km northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar. Intensity 5 was felt in Borongan, Eastern Samar; Intensity 4 in Tacloban City and Pastrana in Leyte and Mercedes, Eastern Samar; and Intensity 3 in San Policarpo, Eastern Samar. (Ellalyn B. de Vera)

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