A magnitude 5.9 quake jolted Mapanas, Northern Samar on Friday afternoon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

The quake, which was tectonic in origin, happened at 2:33 p.m. at a 038-kilometer depth.

The epicenter was spotted at 105 km N 41° E of Mapanas.

The following intensities reported were:

  • Intensity III – Mapanas and Palapag, Northern Samar
  • Intensity II – Rosario and San Roque, Northern Samar; Prieto Diaz and Bulusan, Sorsogon
  • Intensity I – Legazpi City and Tabaco, Albay; Mercedes and Daet, Camarines Norte; Pili, Camarines Sur; Hernani and Can-Avid, Eastern Samar; Hilongos, Dulag, Kananga, Abuyog, Alangalang and Baybay, Leyte.


Aftershocks are expected, PHIVOLCS added.


Ronald Espartinez