Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Abra

abra earthquake october 25

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — On October 25, Tuesday, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocked Abra in the evening, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Phivolcs reported that the earthquake epicenter was 33 km northwest of Lagayan, Abra, and at 10:59 p.m. It recorded an 11 km depth of focus. The quake was tectonic in origin.

The magnitude was initially logged at magnitude 6.7, but Phivolcs released an updated advisory on October 26, Wednesday, at 12:40 a.m. They reduced the intensity to a magnitude of 6.4.

Phivolcs added that an aftershock was recorded at magnitude 3.1 in Lagayan town at 11:12 p.m.



The agency expected damage to structures; it also warned the public to remain wary of aftershocks. Phivolcs senior science research specialist Charm Villamil said that any expected damage was based on recorded intensities.

“That’s expecting damage and may depend on other factors such as structural integrity of buildings, characteristics on the ground where these buildings are constructed, et cetera,” Villamil said.

Phivolcs remarked that damage is to be expected when recorded intensities reach VI and above.

Meanwhile, the agency said that although the earthquake posed no tsunami threat, earthquakes of this magnitude “may generate unusual sea level disturbances that may be observed along coasts near earthquake epicenter of Abra province.”




Recorded Intensities

Different areas around the epicenter felt varying intensities.

Intensity VI – La Paz, Abra
Intensity V –
Bangued, Boliney, Bucay, Bucloc, Daguioman, Danglas, Dolores, Lacub, Lagangilang, Lagayan, Langiden, Licuan-Baay, Luba, Malibcong, Manabo, Peñarrubia, Pidigan, Pilar, Sallapadan, San Isidro, San Juan, San Quintin, Tayum, Tineg, Tubo, and Villaviciosa, Abra; Conner, Apayao; La Trinidad, Benguet; Rizal, Kalinga; Alilem, Banayoyo, Bantay, Burgos, Cabugao, City of Candon, Cervantes, Galimuyod, Gregorio del Pilar, Lidlidda, Magsingal, Nagbukel, Narvacan, Quirino, Salcedo, San Emilio, San Esteban, San Ildefonso, San Juan, San Vicente, Santa, Santa Catalina, Santa Cruz, Santa Lucia, Santa Maria, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Sigay, Sinait, Sugpon, Suyo, Tagudin, and City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Bacnotan, Balaoan, Bauang, and Caba, La Union; Abulug,
Allacapan, Amulung, Aparri, Baggao, Claveria, Lal-Lo, Lasam, Peñablanca, Tuao, and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Intensity IV –
Flora, Apayao; City of Baguio; Bokod, and Itogon, Benguet; City of San Fernando, and Sudipen, La Union; Enrile, Iguig, and Solana, Cagayan
Intensity III –
Laoac, City of Urdaneta, and Villasis, Pangasinan; City of Dagupan; Baler, Aurora
Intensity II –
Labrador, Pangasinan; San Manuel, Isabela

Instrumental Intensities:

Intensity V – Gonzaga, Penablanca, Claveria, Cagayan; Pasuquin, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Intensity IV –
Bangued, Abra
Intensity III –
Baler, Aurora; Ilagan, Isabela
Intensity II –
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; Urdaneta, Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Madella, Quirino
Intensity I –
Dinalupihan, Bataan; Bulakan, Calumpit, Malolos City, Plaridel, Bulacan; Pasig City, Navotas City; Cabanatuan City and San Jose, Nueva Ecija; Guagua, Pampanga; Umingan, Sison, Bolinao, Infanta, and Bani, Pangasinan; Polillo, Mauban, and Infanta, Quezon; Tanay and Taytay, Rizal; Ramos, Tarlac;
Iba, Zambales – WhatALife!/Zed

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