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    At least 8 dead in Batanes twin earthquakes

    MANILA, Philippines – At least 8 people were killed while 60 others were hurt in series of Batanes earthquakes on Saturday morning, July 27.

    Itbayat Church in Batanes after magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 earthquakes on Saturday, July 27
    The historic Sta. Maria de Mayan Church in Itbayat, Batanes after magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 earthquakes on Saturday, July 27 | Via PIA Region 2

    Authorities said the twin earthquakes – magnitude 5.4 at 4:16 am and magnitude 5.9 at 7:37 am – caused damage to homes and structures.

    The first quake struck Itbayat island with depth of 12 kilometers and tectonic in origin, bulletin from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

    The following are the reported Intensities:

    Intensity VI - Itbayat, Batanes
    Intensity III - Basco and Sabtang, Batanes


    Instrumental Intensity:

    Intensity III - Basco, Batanes

    Stronger magnitude 5.9 (initially placed at magnitude 6.4) was recorded past 7 am. It has depth of 43 kilometers with location near Itbayat.

    Reported Intensities:

    Intensity IV - Basco, Batanes

    Instrumental Intensity:

    Intensity IV - Basco, Batanes

    At 9:24 am, another quake with Magnitude 5.4 hit the island.


    No tsunami alerts were issued but aftershocks are expected.

    — The Summit Express

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