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2019 Visayas earthquake

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the islands of Visayas in the Philippines on April 23, 2019.[3]

2019 Visayas earthquake
UTC time2019-04-23 05:37:51
ISC eventn/a
Local dateApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)[1]
Local time1:37:51 pm (PST)[1]
Magnitude6.4 Mww
Depth54 km (34 mi)
Epicenter11°47′N 125°23′E / 11.79°N 125.38°E / 11.79; 125.38Coordinates: 11°47′N 125°23′E / 11.79°N 125.38°E / 11.79; 125.38
Areas affectedEastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Bicol Region, Caraga Region
Max. intensityVII (Very strong)
Aftershocks172 (6 felt) (as of April 30, 2019)[2]
Casualties48 injured[2]


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that an earthquake was recorded at 13:37 PST. The epicenter was in San Julian, Eastern Samar where earthquake was felt at Intensity VI. Initial report from the institute reported the earthquake with 6.2 Local magnitude.[4] Although the earthquake happened a day after an earlier earthquake struck Luzon, the state agency has stated that the Visayas earthquake is unrelated to the prior earthquake. The Visayas earthquake was determined to be caused by the movement of the Philippine Trench.[5]

Forty people were injured, most of them slightly by falling objects, and slight damage was reported near the epicenter.[2][6] The Leyte Provincial Capitol in Tacloban sustained damage which led to the provincial government abandoning the building in May 2019, with the intention of converting the building into a museum.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (2019-04-23). "EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION NO. : 2". Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  2. ^ a b c NDRRMC. "NDRRMC Update: SitRep No. 09 re Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake in San Julian, Eastern Samar" (PDF). Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "M 6.4 - 17km ESE of Tutubigan, Philippines".
  4. ^ Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (2019-04-23). "EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION NO. : 1". Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  5. ^ "Zambales, Eastern Samar quakes 'not related'". The Philippine Star. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ Gabieta, Joey A. "OCD: 13 hurt, no major infrastructure damage in Visayas quake". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  7. ^ Meniano, Sarwell; Amazona, Roel. "New Leyte capitol to rise outside Tacloban". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 12 June 2019.