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Chen said Wednesday's temblor was a result of hot water movement rather than magma activity.
Aftershocks were expected after the tectonic quake, but the state seismology agency said the temblor would not cause damage on land.
Communicating the technical details that separate earthquakes likely triggered by oil and gas wastewater disposal from temblors correlated to frack jobs may be more challenging, said Oklahoma Geological Survey Director Jeremy Boak.
The epicentre of the 5.5 magnitude temblor occurred 79 kilometre northeast of Hernani Eastern Samar at 8:25 Sunday morning, sending Intensity 1 to nearby Tacloban and Catbalogan Cities, areas that were hit hard by Typhoon Hagupit in early December this year, and by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, Phivolcs said.
The temblor had its epicentre 43 km north of the summer capital of Ladakh - Leh, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The National Weather Service West Coast Tsunami Warning Center said the temblor did not pose a tsunami threat to the West Coast of the United States and Canada.
The team studied temblors that struck within 20 km of the island.
The magnitude-6.6 temblor hit the area at 7:42 a.m., according to the US Geological Survey.
The tiny temblor that slipped 133 miles west by northwest of Bandon is one of several quakes that emanate from the Blanco Fracture Zone each year, said Ian Madin, chief scientist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
The temblor had an intensity of upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 and struck the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture as well as Nagano Prefecture.
Factor in current population and property values as well as inflation, and 13 of those temblors would have inflicted $1 billion or more in damages.