​Quake Hits Philippines: Quake Aftershock Hits Island

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November 13, 2013

A 4.2-magnitude quake hits the same area of the Philippines where residents are still dealing with the aftermath of a a deadly typhoon, which killed more than 1,700 people. Twenty countries are sending aid to the country.

The quake’s epicenter was in the San Isidro municipality of the island province, according to a USGS report. It is located some 28 miles from Tagbilaran, the provincial capital that has almost 100,000 residents. The tremor hit at the depth of about 43 miles, according to early USGS estimates.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology put the depth of the quake much less deep, at just 6 miles.

It said it was an aftershock of the 7.2 magnitude quake that hit the island on October 15.

No immediate casualty or damage report is available. The authorities did not issue a tsunami alert following the quake.

Last month’s quake killed 22 people and displaced tens of thousands. It also caused damage to more than 73,000 structures.

Bohol Island is located just south of the path of devastation left behind by the powerful Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda.

The typhoon, which was the strongest to hit the country in decades, left an estimated 10,000 people killed and leveled thousands of homes. Philippines declared a state of national calamity as search and rescue operations continue.