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6.8 Earthquake hits Negros, Cebu, Visayas Region, February 6

Note: This is a developing story.

Online world is on a buzz over the reported 6.8 Earthquake that hit Cebu a few minutes ago, which lasted for 15 to 25 seconds.

According to U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center, the magnitude 6.8 quake hit Negros and Cebu Region with the ff. details:

70 km (44 miles) N (355°) from Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines
79 km (49 miles) WNW (298°) from Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
80 km (50 miles) SSE (158°) from Bacolod, Negros, Philippines
574 km (356 miles) SSE (154°) from MANILA, Philippines

People went out of the building because of
the quake in IT park, Cebu. Photo from Philstar

@CebuDailyNews tweeted, “6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Cebu, Bohol and Negros. USGS said epicenter is between Negros and Cebu.”

I am updating this posts with tweets from those who are in the area. If you have experienced the quake, kindly leave comments below. But guys, please take care as there might be strong after shocks.
Some of the tweets from the region:

@john_tiu: Bohol felt the quake. that was a bit strong. students went out of building after the quake. but they remained calm.@bayanmo

gmanews GMA News 

Phivolcs says intensity 7 recorded in Dumaguete City. | via@raffytima #Balitanghali

rhianrhymes Rhian Rhymes 

@juLiusbabao just felt second aftershock.. everyone here is still scared! :(

@mariancodilla: Glass doors were shaking inside@cebudailynews office. Employees evacuated

indayevarona inday espina varona 

Daughter says La Salle Bacolod has suspended classes. everyone asked to leave immediately. School worried afterschocks

And now there’s a Tsunami Alert in Cebu because of the quake:

@News5AKSYON: BREAKING: Tsunami alert in Cebu, Negros as Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off Negrosis.gd/5m1xUN

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Ely Valendez

Ely Valendez is an award-winning blogger-journalist based in the Philippines. He handles several social media marketing projects for various brands in his home country as well as for a US-based IT/e-commerce company, PCM where he works full time. He uses his spare time doing financial consultancy for a UK-based company. He also sits as member of the Board of Directors of the Philippines Communication Society and serves as a web manager and resource person of the Philippine Press Institute.

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