Cavite, PHILIPPINES --- In the last 24 hours, non significant and significant earthquakes (with at least magnitudes 5) have stricken the South East Asia (SEA).
March 24, 2011 (YESTERDAY, UTC)
Massive, shallow but dangerous earthquake hit the borders of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand but concomittantly affecting China and Vietnam yesterday. At 13:55 UTC (near 10 p.m. PST), the border was jolted by an earthquake of intensity 6.5 GMZ or 6.8 USGS (readjusted from 7.2) and having a depth of 10 kms. An afterschock measuring intensity 5.4 occurred two hours later. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) traces the impact of this unusual case of earthquake as follows:
89 km (55 miles) N of Chiang Rai, Thailand
168 km (104 miles) SSW of Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China
589 km (365 miles) NE of Rangoon, Myanmar
772 km (479 miles) N of BANGKOK, Thailand.
Meanwhile, Japan has registered five aftershocks between intensities 5.0 and 6.1 from 8:21 UTC (around 4 p.m. PST yesterday) to 22:28 UTC (around 6 a.m. PST today). Two aftershocks originated from near the east cost of Honshu, while the other three, off the east cost of Honshu.
No tsunami alert was raised in these counries. However, Honduras was stricken by high waves of 8 feet high originating from the Pacific area.
Two earthquakes were felt in the Philippines in the early morning. The earliest earthquake with intensity 4.3 occured in Bontoc (Mountain Province of CAR, Luzon). This incident was succeeded after six hours by another earthquake of intensity 3.1 in Casuguran (Aurora of Region 4, Luzon).
March 25, 2011 (TODAY, UTC)
This day at 00:22 UTC (past 8 a.m. PST), Myanmar experiences its second significant aftershock of intensity 5.0. But less than an hour after, Indonesia is hit by a magnitue 5 earthquake, within 123 kms. of Kepulauan. This earthquake has intense depth of 263.9 kms.
On the other hand, the Philippines experiences being shaken twice this morning. At 9:45 a.m., Laoag (Ilocos Norte in Region 1, Luzon) gathered a weak earthquake measuring intensity 2.6. But at 12: 45 p.m., General Santos City (Mindanao) is hit by a relatively stronger earthquake of intensity 4.9.