EARTHQUAKE WARNING: Philippines struck by TEN quakes – and tremors GROWING in STRENGTH

Sunday, January 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE Philippines has been struck by TEN earthquakes today with tremors growing in strength across its 7,000 islands as the Mount Mayon volcano erupted causing widespread evacuations after the alert level was raised to three.

Sun, Jan 14, 2018

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the region has been hit by a series of small tremors on Sunday.

The first hit at 5.40am, followed by six others at 07.25am, 2.59pm, 3pm, 4.49pm, 8.01pm and 8.21pm, 9.42pm.

The earthquakes were recorded at varying magnitudes – beginning at 2.9 and moving on to record at 2.4, 2.8, 2.5, 2.2, 3.4, 2.3 and 2.4.

But the biggest were the last earthquake, which struck at 11.20pm and 11.49pm with a magnitude of 4.9 and a whopping 5.2

The 4.9 earthquake struck just off the northwestern coast of one of the Philippines 7,000 islands, near the town of Paluan.

And the huge 5.2 magnitude tremor struck in the same area, just minutes afterwards, some 9km from Paluan.

Tremors felt in neighbouring provinces as well as in Metro Manila, residents say. However no damages nor foreshocks are expected.

Social media users immediately went online to report where they felt the earthquakes.

One Twitter user said: “Felt it in Pasay, i’m in 12th flr tho thought i was just dizzy and i checked the water in the bathroom immediately and confirmed it.”

Another tweeted: “Felt it here in Imus, Cavite earlier.”

And one added: “Felt the earthquake here in Manila but it was very faint’

The earthquakes come as the Mount Mayon volcano, located in the Albay province of central Philippines, erupted on Saturday afternoon – followed by a further five-minute eruption on Sunday morning.

Phivolcs raised the alert to level 2 in the early hours of Sunday, which means that the current activity is “probably of magmatic origin, which could lead to more phreatic eruptions or eventually to hazardous magmatic eruptions.”

A phreatic eruption, also known as a phreatic explosion, occurs when magma heats ground or surface water, resulting in steam rising into the sky.

And just a few hours later, the threat was raised again from two to three as Phivolcs warned of “hazardous eruption” within weeks or days as Mayon Volcano has exhibited “high unrest” and its magma is at the crater.

Under Alert Level 3, the extension of dangerzone in the sector where the crater rim is low will be considered.

A second ash eruption was recorded before noon on Sunday, but Phivolcs said in a subsequent bulletin that it was maintaining alert level 2.

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