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The Low Pressure Area (LPA) monitored yesterday inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has already dissipated. Meanwhile, another LPA was spotted at 90 km north-northeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said it has a slim chance of developing into a Tropical Cyclone, but is expected to traverse Palawan today.
Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Palawan will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest the archipelago will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with chances of rains or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
For sea travelers coming from or heading to Northern Luzon, moderate to rough sea condition is expected,l while coastal waters in the Central & Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be slight to moderate. No gale warning was issued today but fishing boats and other small seacraft are still advised to be vigilant.
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rocked portions of Visayas yesterday at around 2:33 PM. With a depth of 12 km, its epicenter was located at 14 km southeast of Pintuyan, Southern Leyte. Different intensities were recorded in the nearby areas.
Intensity IV – San Ricardo, Southern Leyte
Intensity III – Surigao City; San Jose, Dinagat Islands & San Francisco, Southern Leyte
Intensity II – Liloan, Southern Leyte
There are no reports of damage and aftershocks from the initial tremor.
On the other hand, a powerful earthquake that measured magnitude 7.3 jolted Iraq at 6:18 Coordinated Universal Time. At a depth of 23.3 km, its epicenter was located at 32 km south of Halabjah, Iraq. Based on the latest reports at 9:00 AM today, at least 100 people died while more than a hundred were injured.