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Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Rocks Bicol (18 Aug 2020)

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocks the Bicol region Tuesday morning, August 18.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake struck at 8:03 am, west of Cataingan, Masbate. It was tectonic in origin, at a depth of 1 kilometer.

The Phivolcs bulletin adds aftershocks and damage are expected.

https://rappler.com/nation/magnitude-6-point-5-earthquake-rocks-bicol

Felt as 2 small waves here about 8:04 ish.  6.5 in San Pedro must have been very rude .  Hoping for the best  for those folks.

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Dutch

Felt it in Cebu City, wasn't too bad but being in a high rise it still freaks me out when the building starts shaking.
I hope the people closer to the earthquake are safe, 6.5 is heavy.

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Paddy

It’s the biggest I’ve ever felt. Cataingan is about 75km to the south of us. The ground shook for about 10-15 seconds in what seemed like 2 “waves”. There was a smaller aftershock a little later (as well as several lesser shocks from the same area yesterday). Some damage caused in Cataingan. 

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mikecon3

Our place is about 20km south of Cataingan. We talked to the family this morning, they are all fine. Our house has some minor cracks around balusters and crown molding, nothing major, so we got lucky.

Power is off that whole end of the island...but that is an every other day occurrence anyway. So if they hadn't of gotten the shocks, they would have just thought it was a normal day!

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Paddy

There were a few pictures on Rappler and other media sites but the Red Cross also put pics on FB. (I can’t find them, saw them on partners phone). At least 2 buildings collapsed in Cataingan, other sundry wall collapses, cracks on the roads (at bridges) and damage to the electricity distribution system. Some injuries and one death. 
 

@mikecon3 Cataingan power is now separate from the coastal zone south from Masbate City and has it’s own transmission line and sub-station.  We had several brownouts yesterday (first one in the middle of the shaking) and already another one this morning. Average number of brownouts per day up to the day before yesterday (for us) Is running at 1.5. So yes, normal day for here. 

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govoner

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Salty Dog

All my Filipino family lives in Sorsogon in the Bicol Region.

They said it was pretty strong there.

SIL is currently doing some construction on our old house. She's adding some rooms and a new roof. Apparently no damage.

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govoner

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Soupeod

We felt it in W. Leyte as well. 

This picture shows the Tectonic plate lines: 

 


 

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Paddy

Thank you @govoner those are the two. Both 3 stories, both with some amount of cantilever on the beams. 

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SkyMan
1 hour ago, Paddy said:

Both 3 stories

Not any more.  Soon to be vacant lots.

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