Magnitude 5.9 quake rocks Northern Luzon

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake jolted parts of extreme Northern Luzon just hours after the nation marked the first day of 2014. The quake was felt in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, and Batanes Islands.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake took place 4:01 AM (Philippine time) with the epicenter estimated at 71 kilometers north-northwest of Burgos, Ilocos Norte (19.085°N 120.332°E). The depth is pegged at 7.3km or 4.6 miles.

Earthquakes of this type can trigger light to strong ground shaking. It may also cause light damages to properties. Read a more detailed report about the quake on the USGS website.

No damages or casualties has been reported so far. Meanwhile, the United States National Weather Service has not yet issued any tsunami alert warning.

(Note: The post will be updated as new information comes in.)

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Intensity 5.9 quake rocks Northern Luzon on New Year’s Day (Credits: www.




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