Published: Saturday 27 January, 2018

4.7 Earthquake Rocks Negros Oriental: Linked to Mayon Volcano Eruption?

An earthquake of moderate strength rocked Negros Oriental Saturday morning. The 4.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the vicinity of Dauin, Negros Oriental at around 6:21 AM today. With Mayon Volcano continuing its eruption for several days now, many are wondering if the earthquake is somehow connected.

Negros Oriental earthquake

The center of the Negros Oriental earthquake this morning, January 27. (Phivolcs image)

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the Negros Oriental earthquake had a depth of 6 kilometers and was centered 10 kilometers northwest of Dauin. The tremor was mostly felt in Sibulan and Dumaguete, where intensity 4 was recorded.

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No reports of damage to property no injuries have been received at this time.

This earthquake once more raises fears that recent activity in the Pacific Ring of Fire arectivities connected to each other – volcanic eruption of Mayon volcano and another volcano in Japan; earthquakes in Alaska, Indonesia and the Philippines. But Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said these are not connected.

Yes, Solidum acknowledged that the Pacific Ring of Fire is showing more activity in recent weeks but the events are not connected to each other, one earthquake or volcanic eruption is not caused by other activities. It just so happened that they are all in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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