A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Sarangani on Thursday night, March 26, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
The following intensities were recorded:
- Intensity V - Maasim, Glan, and Malapatan, Sarangani; Tupi, South Cotabato; General Santos City; Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat
- Intensity IV - Jose Abad Santos, Malita, and Sarangani, Davao Occidental; Koronadal City
- Intensity III - Davao City; Maco, and Mawab, Davao de Oro
- Intensity VI - General Santos City
- Intensity V - Alabel, and Malungon, Sarangani
- Intensity IV - Koronadal City
- Intensity I - Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
Phivolcs warned that damage and aftershocks are expected. – Rappler.com
Jason Hanna and Melissa Alonso
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake shook West Texas on Thursday morning between the cities of El Paso and Odessa, the US Geological Survey said.
The quake would have strongly shaken the epicenter, a sparsely populated area some 26 miles west of the small town of Mentone. Shaking in El Paso and Odessa was light, the USGS said.
The quake happened near the line between the Mountain and Central time zones. The time was 9:16 a.m. in El Paso and 10:16 a.m. in Odessa.
In El Paso, staff in the call center for the state's 2-1-1 Texas program -- a 24-hour social service hotline -- evacuated over the tremors.
"Calls will still be answered by the network, but the local specialists are offline," the city of El Paso said in a tweet.
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled West Texas on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake epicenter was about 27 miles west of Mentone, Texas, and was located 3 miles below the surface. It hit at 10:16 a.m CDT.
Residents of El Paso, about 175 miles west of the reported epicenter, felt the quake, which was originally rated at 4.7 magnitude.
The El Paso region isn't accustomed to being rattled by earthquakes, and incredulous residents wondered aloud on social media about what they had just felt.
"Did we just have a small scale #earthquake in #ElPaso? Who else felt it?" said El Pasoan Gera Alvarez, a former University of Texas at El Paso goalkeeper soccer coach.
Clint, Texas, resident Guillermina Estrada said she felt her bed sway. "It felt like the vibration of a train when it passes, but bigger," she said.
An emergency alert sent by USGS said there were no reports of damage or injuries in the El Paso region.
At least five smaller earthquakes had been registered near Mentone, Texas, over the past four days.
The U.S. Geological Survey said "earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region than earthquakes of similar magnitude in the West."
In addition, few earthquakes east of the Rockies have been definitely linked to mapped geologic faults, in contrast to the situation at plate boundaries such as California's San Andreas fault system, the USGS said.
At the rate earthquakes are increasing in frequency lately, makes me wonder how much worse the rest of this year's natural disasters are going to be? Not worried, just watching all these signposts whizzing by, the closer we get to when we go home to be with our Savior!
I've had the same thoughts - the birth pains are getting really close together now - the frequency and intensity is picking up a lot and it won't reverse.
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