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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