15 Apr Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake Hit Off The Coast of Zamboanga del Norte, A Total of 4 Earthquake Incidents in Asia Pacific in Just 48 Hours
Yesterday, April 14, a moderate earthquake incident hit off the coast of western Mindanao according to seismologists. But there were no reported casualties and issued tsunami warnings.
The said quake hit off the coast of Zamboanga del Norte at 2:21 AM (1821 GMT Wednesday) with its epicenter at a depth of 15 kilometers. This was according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey located the quake’s epicenter of about 28 kilometers northwest of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte at a depth of 12 kilometers.
As stated by local authorities, there was no tsunami risk, even had no reports of casualties or damages, but warned that some buildings may have been affected due to the moderate-strong shakings.
On the same day, Myanmar was struck by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter located 46 miles southeast of Mawlaik and 246 miles north of Naypyidaw. The tremor was a deep 83.7 miles below the surface according to USGS. There were no reported deaths, with damages minimized since the stricken area is a sparsely populated jungle.
And currently this day, April 15, there were another 2 recorded earthquake incidents still in the same region.
According to USGS, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 kilometers hit near Ueki in Japan followed with smaller aftershocks. Reports said there were already 9 people killed with more people injured. More aftershocks are being said to occur over the next week.
Off the coast of the Pacific island of Vanuatu, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurred according to USGS. Centered about 101 kilometers northwest of Port-Olry or 147 kilometers northwest of Luganville with a depth of 10 kilometers.
Today’s earthquake incidents take the total to 4 across Asia Pacific in a period of just over 48 hours. All stricken locations are in the Pacific Ring of Fire where large number of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.