Hidden fault may have caused Bohol quake

Posted at 10/17/2013 7:43 PM | Updated as of 10/17/2013 7:46 PM

MANILA - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum confirmed on Thursday that they are making a slight adjustment to the declared epicenter of the Bohol earthquake.

This is based on a more careful look at the data and the damage observed in the areas affected by the quake.

The new epicenter of the earthquake was placed near Sagbayan town in Bohol, just north of the previously identified epicenter.

Officials earlier said the epicenter was 2 kilometers southeast of Carmen, Bohol.

Solidum noted that the damage in Sagbayan town seems more extensive compared to Carmen, adding that the data also supports the relocation of the epicenter.

He also did not discount the possibility that the earthquake may have originated from a yet undiscovered fault on the island.

He said teams are currently conducting field work to study this theory. Officials earlier said the quake originated from the East Bohol fault.