Arroyo pauses in her speech as magnitude-6.1 quake jolts Cagayan

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was in the middle of her speech in Cagayan when the earth suddenly shook Tuesday morning.

She immediately stiffened, then paused during her speech which dealt with the government’s agriculture projects in the said northern Luzon province, according to radio dzMM.

What Mrs. Arroyo felt beneath her feet was a magnitude-6.1 earthquake that struck the area at 10:51 a.m., according to the government-run Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The tremor’s epicenter was traced some 130 kilometers north of Cagayan province’s Tuguegarao City, Phivolcs said.

It was the third significant quake of tectonic origin that hit the Philippines since the magnitude-8.8 shook Chile last February 27.

A magnitude-5.1 quake rocked parts of Batanes in extreme northern Luzon shortly after midnight Sunday. On Monday, a magnitude-5.0 tremor jolted parts of Davao Oriental province.

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