Magnitude 4.8 earthquake rocks Itbayat town in Batanes

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake rocks Itbayat town in Batanes

- A 4.8 magnitude quake rocked Itbayat, Batanes at midnight on Tuesday

- There were no recorded damages and aftershocks from the earthquake

- Shortly after the Batanes quake, Cagayan was also shaken by a 2.9 magnitude tremor

- Itbayat was also struck by twin earthquakes that caused a lot of casualties earlier this year

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A magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit Itbayat town in the island province of Batanes on Tuesday, November 12.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or PHILVOCS, it rocked the town at 12:54 AM at eight kilometers northwest of Itbayat, Batanes.

The earth tremor had a 77-kilometer depth focus and was tectonic by nature.

Philvocs said that there were no reported damages and aftershocks from the quake.

Meanwhile, a 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck Santa Ana, Cagayan at 1:14 AM today. There were also no expected damage and aftershocks.

It can be recalled that earlier this year, twin tremors with magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 shook the island of Itbayat on July 27. The two earthquakes damaged the Itbayat church, several ancestral homes, left dozens of civilians injured, and killed at least 8 people.

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Itbayat is a municipality in the province of Batanes in Region 2 and is the northernmost municipality in the country which is located 156 kilometers away from the southernmost tip of Taiwan. It has a land area of 83.13 square kilometers with a population of 2867 people.

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