5.4 magnitude quake hits Batangas, Luzon provinces



Lipa City, Batangas – A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit Batangas province and other areas in Metro Manila and nearby Luzon provinces on Tuesday night, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

No major damage was expected from the quake, authorities said, but Phivolcs warned of aftershocks.

An earthquake bulletin issued by the agency said that the quake, with an epicenter located seven kilometers northwest of Tingloy, Batangas, was felt at  8:58 p.m.

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake was also recorded in the same area at 9:11 p.m., followed by a magnitude 2.5 quake at 9:17 p.m and another magnitude 2.6 was also recorded at 9:26 p.m.

The quake, tectonic in origin, was felt at Intensity 4 in Makati City and Obando, Bulacan; Intensity 3 in Mandaluyong City, Quezon City, Santa Ana, Manila and Lucena City, Quezon; General Trias and Dasmariñas, Cavite.

An Intensity 2 quake was also felt in Talisay, Batangas and Pasig City.

In its website, Phivolcs describes Intensity 4 as moderately strong, which can be felt like the passing of a heavy truck and can rattle wood-framed buildings.

Intensity 3 is described as weak, felt by many people indoors especially in upper floors of buildings and may cause hanging objects to swing moderately. Vibration is felt like passing of a heavy truck.

Intensity 2 is slightly felt by few individuals at rest indoors and may cause hanging objects to swing slightly.

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