Intensity 6.1 quake interrupt Arroyo's speech in Tuguegarao
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was delivering her speech when a magnitude of 6.1 quake was felt in Tuguegarao City on Tuesday morning.
The earthquake struck before 11 a.m. Arroyo had to stop her speech and wait for the tremor to stop. According to the reports of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake’s epicenter was traced at 130 kilometers northeast off Tuguegarao, Cagayan with a depth of 21 kilometers.
The quake was also felt at Intensity 5 in Santa Ana and Aparri towns in Cagayan province; Intensity 4 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; Intensity 3 in Pasuquin and Laoag City, both in Ilocos Norte; intensity 2 in Palanan, Isabela; and intensity 1 in Santa, Ilocos Sur, Delfin, Isabela, and Manila. So far it is the strongest to hit the country since January of this year.
Meanwhile, Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum clarified that the quake experienced in Tuguegarao has no relation to the Chile quake.
"We are both part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. That’s the only relation. Faults in other parts of the world like those in Chile and here in the Philippines are moving from time to time. So it’s just a coincidence," Solidum said, referring to the magnitude 8.8 quake that struck the Latin American country over the weekend.