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19 August 2020

Earthquake in the Philippines

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Type of Event:Earthquake
Location of Event:Philippines
Date of Charter Activation:2020-08-19
Time of Charter Activation:08:56
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+09:00
Charter Requestor:ADRC on behalf of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)
Activation ID:669
Project Management:Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)

At least one person has been killed and dozens injured when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook the central Philippines, damaging buildings, roads, and forcing residents to evacuate their homes.

The shallow quake struck southeast of Masbate Island in the Bicol region at 8:03am (00:03 GMT) at a depth of about 21 kilometres (13 miles) on Tuesday August 19, the US Geological Survey said.

The Philippines lies along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur. It is also lashed by about 20 typhoons and tropical storms each year, making it one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

Search-and-rescue efforts are still on-going in the region.



DInSAR Wrapped Phase and Line of Sight Displacement Maps of the 18 August 2020 M6.6 Masbate Earthquake in the Philippines

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: Sentinel-1B: 20/08/2020
Sentinel-1A: 14/08/2020

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020)
Map produced by DOST-PHIVOLCS

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