The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) assured the Bohol leadership the quake that hit the province on Thursday will not cause damage even with aftershocks.
Philvolcs chief Renato Solidum made the assurance to Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto via text message as released by the Capitol’s Effective Communication Department.
“Please note this is a very deep quake and was not felt and not destructive,” said Solidum.
He added, if there are aftershocks, these deep earthquakes would also not be felt.
“Don’t worry Gov, the earthquake was not sourced from the shallow faults of Bohol. There is a very old sinking plate hundreds of kilometers below Visayas and Mindanao that sometimes cause earthquakes but not destructive,” the Phivolcs chief said.
The epicenter of the 5.4-magnitude earthquake was spotted by Phivolcs near Lila town, and reportedly felt also in nearby Dimiao town.
The depth of the quake was measured by Phivolcs to be 532 kilometers.
Lila town is about 37 kilometers or an hour west of Tagbilaran City.
However, the tremor, which happened past 9 am Thursday, was hardly noticed in capital Tagbilaran.
Some Tagbilaran residents were unaware about the tremor until posts on social media went viral.
The Lila police station reported no damage upon inspection by a special team dispatched after the initial tremor.
The police station did not receive any report from residents in relation to the quake.
This is second time this year Lila was hit by strong quake.
Last May, Lila was hit by a stronger 6.5-magnitude earthquake. No casualties or damage reported during that earthquake.
Some Boholanos received text messages from the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council informing about potential aftershocks.