Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocks Philippines days after deadly temblor

Though no damage has been reported so far, residents should brace for aftershocks, authorities say

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Residents fetch water next to a destroyed house in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur province, following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake late on December 2.  — AFP
Residents fetch water next to a destroyed house in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur province, following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake late on December 2. — AFP

Published: Thu 7 Dec 2023, 10:06 AM

An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck the southern Philippine province of Surigao del Sur on Thursday afternoon (morning, UAE time), the country's authorities reported.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded the earthquake at 12.45pm (8.45am, UAE time) in the province's Marihatag town. It was widely felt in Bisig, Surigao del Sur.

Phivolcs said that while no damage was expected but residents should brace for aftershocks.

The temblor comes just a few days after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake killed three people in the nearby Hinatuan town. The province is currently under a state of calamity, according to local media reports.

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