A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Bayabas town off the coast of Surigao del Sur on Sunday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.
The earthquake, tectonic in origin, occurred at 6:24 p.m. Its epicenter was located 49 kilometers or at 09.18°N, 126.67°E – 049 km N 61° east of Bayabas.
The quake had a depth of 45 kilometers.
Intensity III was recorded in Rosario, Agusan Del Sur, while Intensity II was felt in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
Bislig City, Surigao del Sur and Abuyog and Hilongos, Leyte experienced Intensity I.
Phivolcs cautioned residents in the quake-stricken areas to expect aftershocks, although no damages were expected from the temblor.
This is the second significant earthquake on Sunday that struck near the Philippine trench.
A magnitude 4.7 quake also struck off Davao Occidental at 8:52 a.m., Phivolcs reported.
Earthquakes are often experienced in the Philippines, as the country is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire.