A magnitude 6.6 quake rocked Masbate and its surrounding areas early Tuesday morning.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the quake struck 7 kilometers south of Cataingan town with a depth of 21 kilometers.  It was tectonic in nature.

The state quake agency said aftershocks are to be expected.

Photos posted in social media showed significant damages to properties in Cataingan.

Here are the reported intensities of the quake according to the latest earthquake bulletin from Phivolcs:

Intensity VII – Cataingan, Masbate

Intensity V – City of Masbate, Masbate; Almagro, and Tagapul-an, Samar;

Intensity IV – Palanas, and San Jacinto, Masbate; City of Sorsogon, Sorsogon; City of Legazpi, Albay; San Andres, Quezon; Mapanas, and Palapag, Northern Samar; Barugo, Dagami, Dulag, Julita, La Paz, Palo, and Tanauan, Leyte; City of Sagay, Negros Occidental

Intensity III – City of Baybay, Isabel, Javier, and Kananga, Leyte; Ormoc City; Mulanay, Quezon; City of Iloilo

Intensity II – Guinayangan and Lopez, Quezon; President Roxas, Capiz; Patnongon, Patnongon, San Jose de Buenavista, and Tibiao, Antique

Intensity I – Lezo, Aklan; City of Dumaguete, Negros Oriental


Instrumental Intensities:
Intensity V – Masbate City, Masbate

Intensity IV – Palo, Leyte; City of Iloilo; City of Roxas, Capiz; Naval, Biliran;

Intensity III – City of Bago, Negros Occidental; Malinao, Aklan; Pandan, Antique; Jamindan, Capiz; Ormoc City

Intensity II – Gumaca, Quezon; San Jose de Buenavista, Antique; City of Sipalay, Negros Occidental; Valderrama, Antique; Sipocot, Camarines Sur; Talibon, Bohol; San Francisco, Cebu

Intensity I – Malay, Aklan; City of Gingoog, Misamis Oriental   Rommel F. Lopez