By Ma. Cristina Arayata

Quake epicenter (Image from Phivolcs’ Facebook page)

MANILA – A magnitude 5 quake hit Eastern Samar on Monday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The tectonic quake struck 31 km. southeast of Balangiga town at 1:53 p.m.

It was 10 km. deep.

There were no reported intensities listed on Phivolcs’ earthquake bulletin.

Phivolcs, however, recorded instrumental intensity II in Hinundayan and Hinunangan, Southern Leyte; and Dulag and Abuyog, Leyte.

Reported intensity is the traditional way of knowing the intensity based on reports of people who felt the earthquake.

Instrumental intensity, on the other hand, is measured using an intensity meter that measures ground acceleration.

Meanwhile, no damage is expected, but aftershocks are likely from the magnitude 5 earthquake, Phivolcs said. (PNA)