Magnitude 5.2 quake shakes north Luzon

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - A magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook parts of northern Luzon Thursday morning, May 30.

The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 10:24 am local time, was located just 30 kilometers south of Laoag City (17.93°N, 120.57°E), with a depth of focus measured 9 km below the surface.

The quake was of tectonic origin. It was initially placed at magnitude 5.4 by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (Phivolcs), but was downgraded to 5.2 at 11:30 am.

Intensity IV was felt in Bangued, Abra; Santo Domingo, Bantay, Vigan, Caoayan, San Vicente, Sta. Catalina, Santa & Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.

Intensity III, meanwhile, was felt in Sinait, Magsingal & San Idelfonso, Ilocos Sur; Callao, Penablanca, Cagayan; Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Bucay, Abra felt the quake at Intensity II.

Aftershocks are expected, the Phivolcs said. The agency, however, is not expecting reports of damage due to the quake. -