Phivolcs makes correction on info about Bohol earthquake epicenter

The epicenter of the killer earthquake that rocked Visayas on Tuesday was recorded in Sagbayan town, not in Carmen as earlier reported.

House devastated by Bohol earthquake
Photo from South China Morning Post
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology made the correction on October 17, two days after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck, after a “closer examination of their data.”

Phivolcs’ latest earthquake bulletin indicates that the tremor occured at 8:12 a.m. on October 15, six kilometers Southwest of the municipality of Sagbayan (formerly Borja) in Bohol.

The agency also discovered that the source of the massive quake may have been a new fault line.

“[Our data suggests that] the source of the earthquake was probably a different fault system that transects Bohol island. Medyo off siya (new fault line) sa trace ng East Bohol fault,” Phivolcs seismic division officer-in-charge Ishmael Narag told GMA News.

The Bohol earthquake had a depth of 32 kilometers and was tectonic in origin, Phivolcs added.