By Joey A. Gabieta
Inquirer, Visayas Bureau
First Posted 05:55pm (Mla time) 01/07/2008

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — A minor earthquake hit parts of Eastern Visayas Monday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

However, the regional office of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported that the 5.1 magnitude tremor, the third to hit the region this month, did not cause any damage.

The 3:46 p.m. earthquake was located at 12.45 north, 125.45 east and 90 kilometers southeast of Catarman, Northern Samar, said Mayra Dolina of Phivolcs, whose station is based in Palo, Leyte.

The quake, which had a depth of 28 kilometers, was felt in Catarman and Can-avid, Eastern Samar at Intensity 4 and in Tacloban City at Intensity 3.

Phivolcs said the source of the Monday tremor was the Philippine Fault Zone.

Rey Gozon, administrative officer of the OCD-Region 8, said that the tremor was “weak” since it did not cause any damage.

Last January 3, Eastern Visayas was also rocked with earthquakes which happened just hours apart.

The first was felt around 1:43 p.m. and was located 10.23 north, 125.13 east and 36 km northeast of Maasin City in Southern Leyte.

The tremor, which had a magnitude of 3 and a depth of 16 kilometers, was felt in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte at Intensity 3.

The second, a 3.8-magnitude quake was recorded at around 3:17 p.m. was felt in Leyte and Biliran. It was located 11.31 north, 124.61 east of Ormoc City, Leyte with a depth of eight kilometers. It was also felt in Naval, Biliran at Intensity 2.

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