ABSCBN NEWS excerpt:
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck between the islands of Negros and Cebu before noon Monday, killing at least 1 person and prompting government volcanologists to raise a tsunami alert.
Director Renato Solidum of the the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake struck 5 kilometers northwest of Tayasan, Negros Oriental at 11: 49 a.m. The quake was tectonic in origin, he said.
The main quake was followed by four aftershocks measuring between magnitudes 4.5 to 5.8. Phivolcs seismologist Dr. Ishmael Narag said the trend in their data suggests that the region is unlikely to experience another earthquake with a magnitude higher than 6.9.
Phivolcs raised tsunami alert level 2 in Negros and Cebu, warning residents in coastal areas to seek higher ground. The alert was lifted at 2:30 p.m.
Phivolcs said the following intensities were felt in the following areas:
- Intensity VII – Dumaguete City; Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental
- Intensity VI – La Carlota City and La Castellana, Negros Occidental; Argao, Cebu
- Intensity V – Roxas City; Dao and Ivisan, Capiz; Iloilo City; Ayungon, Negros Oriental; Kanlaon City; Lapu-lapu City; Guimaras; Cebu City; San Carlos City; Bacolod City; Sagay City; Tagbilaran City; Candoni, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental
- Intensity IV – San Jose de Buenavista, Pandan, Anini-y, Patnungon, Antique; Kalibo, Aklan; Dipolog City; Sipalay, Negros Occidental; Ormoc City
- Intensity III – Butuan City, Agusan del Norte; Legaspi City, Albay; Carmen, Cagayan de Oro; Tacloban City; Catbalogan; Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte; Masbate, Masbate; Cagayan de Oro City
- Intensity II – Cabid-an, Sorsogon; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Mambajao, Camiguin
- Intensity I – Pagadian City