Intensity 5 quake jolts Baguio

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BAGUIO CITY  – The bizzare memories of the intensity 7.9 earthquake on July 16, 1990 flashed back to thousands of local residents after a moderately strong earthquake rocked the city and nearby areas Friday dawn.

Salvador Cesario, science research specialist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOcs), said the the epicentre of the magnitude 5.2 earthquake was located 121.0467° East, 16.5432° North of Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya.

He said the earthquake which had a depth of more than 43 kilometers was tectonic in origin and awoke the people at around 3:45 am Friday.

The other areas that felt the moderately strong earthquake wee Nueva Vizcaya and some parts of Region III and the Cagaya Valley but reports from the various local disaster risk reduction and management councils showed that the temblor did not inflict damages to the affected areas.

The Philippines is situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire and it is frequently visited by earthquakes that are most of the time not damaging considering that they are moderately strong.

Local disaster officials reminded the public to be always prepared for the occurrence of various natural calamities because state-of-the-art units of equipment cannot predict the occurrence of disasters that pose a serious threat to life and limb.

By Dexter See

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