Strong earthquake in the coastal waters of Burias Island, Philippines

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UPDATE November 6, 10:53 UTC
GMA News reports that Bicol State seismologists are fearing that this earthquake could create damage on properties.
There are still no reports from the scene itself.

Earthquake Report comment :
Shallow dangerous earthquake, luckily out in the sea.
The same area was hit 2 days ago with a M 5.1 earthquake.
GDACS has just issued an ORANGE earthquake alert for this earthquake = moderate chance on damage and/or injuries
USGS predicts that 319,000 people will feel a V Mercalli value.
GDACS computed population numbers relative to the  epicenter :
1,866 people are living within a radius of 10 km around the epicenter
15,932 people are living within a radius of 20 km around the epicenter
137,593 people are living within a radius of 50 km around the epicenter
3,866,742 people are living within a radius of 100 km around the epicenter

The area of the earthquake is mountainous with slopes up to 50%. Landslides are always possible and can be demolishing, although they occur mostly with heavier shocks combined with rainfall.

There are NO hydrodams or Nuclear plants on the vicinity of the earthquake’s epicenter.

Based on the latest computing models,  some parts of Burias Island would get a Mercalli V shock (moderate to strong shaking).

Most important Earthquake Data:
Preliminary Magnitude : Mb 5.6
Saturday, November 06, 2010 at 12:40:41 AM at epicenter
Preliminary Depth (Hypocenter) : 8 km
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Geo-location(s) (EMSC epicenter calculation) :
85 km SW Legazpi (pop 143,301)
49 km SW Pio duran (pop 13,249)
23 km W Mabiton (pop 2,202)
75 km (50 miles) NW of Masbate, Masbate, Philippines

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Seismic Hazard map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
GDACS ORANGE earthquake alert
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

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