The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) have just announced that there is no “possibly stronger” or “bigger quake” to hit Negros Oriental after the series of previous minor quakes. The concerns and panic of the people may rest well now.
Recent Quaking in Negros Oriental
In the past few weeks, Negros Oriental was shaken by the series of different minor earthquakes. Just in the most recent report and date of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS), 11 km north of Dauin was hit by an intensity of 2.8 last February 5, 2018, at 2:24 am.
Other notable records include a magnitude of 3.1 that struck 10 kilometers southwest of Valencia and was felt last February 1, 2018, at 5:46 pm. This was then followed by a 2.3 magnitude quake that struck 17 kilometers southwest of Valencia at 8:47 pm of the same day. On the next day, three series of quakes followed 2.3 southwest of Valencia on 1:10 am, 2:27 am, and 4:27 am.
Residents of Valencia have shown their great concerns to Ishmael Narag, head of the Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division of PHILVOCS, while some residents have started to panic. After the announcing that Earthquakes in Negros Oriental – Possibly Stronger, the people in the affected areas have taken precautions in almost every second of the day
No Earthquake Bigger or Stronger to hit Negros Oriental
Engr. Jose Molas is the head of the local PHILVOCS seismic monitoring station in Sibulan. He pointed out that there were 100 tremors recorded since January 1. Engr. Jose Molas described the occurrences as an “earthquake swamp”, however, his superior Ishmael Narag of PHILVOCS will not make any final conclusion of these natural and unpredictable events.