Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Samar, Philippines - second strong earthquake in 24 hours

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Samar, Philippines - second strong earthquake in 24 hours

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Samar, Philippines at 05:37 UTC (13:37 LT) on April 23, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 54 km (33.5 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 66 km (41 miles).

This is the second M6+ earthquake to hit the country since deadly M6.1 at 09:11 UTC on April 22.

The epicenter was located 8.4 km (5.2 miles) ESE of Paranas, 33.5 km (20.8 miles) E of Catbalogan (population 68 081), 35.9 km (22.3 miles) NW of Borongan (population 16 484) and 66.8 km (41.5 miles) NNE of Panalanoy (population 189 090), Eastern Visayas, Philippines.

There are 2 760 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

94 000 people are estimated to have felt strong shaking, 2 034 000 moderate, 4 443 000 light and 12 000 weak.

PHIVOLCS said damage and aftershocks are expected.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: Google, TW/SAM

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