Panic, damage as three strong quakes hit Philippines

Posted April 09, 2017

A magnitude 7.7 quake killed almost 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.

In an interview with PNA, OCD Calabarzon public information officer Georgina Garcia said the coast guard authorities later lifted the advisory and port operations resumed.

Of four earthquakes recorded Saturday starting 3pm, the strongest was felt at magnitude 6 at about 3:09 pm, with Mabini town as epicenter.

The first 5.7 magnitude temblor struck inland at 3:08 pm (0708 GMT) followed by the 5.9 quake just a minute later - their epicentres within a few kilometres of each other, according to USA geologists.

Earthquakes hit Batangas on Saturday afternoon, being felt in parts of Metro Manila and some areas of south Luzon.

A rapid assessment will be conducted Sunday (April 9), to distribute 45 boxes of ready-to-eat food in Mabini, Batangas for families and patients who conducted pre-emptive evacuation.

Batangas City, Sto Tomas and Lemery, Batangas and Tagaytay City felt the tremor at Intensity V.

Makati City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Muntinlupa City, Malabon City, and Bacoor in Cavite felt the quake at Intensity 3, as a "weak tremor". The Taal Polymedic Hospital and Medical Center was evacuated.

Solidum also debunked claims that the series of earthquakes in Batangas were a "sign" of an incoming 8.0-magnitude quake and said there was no evidence of a connection with any activity at Taal Volcano.

The first took place 17 km to the west of Batangas neighbourhood at a depth of 40 km, said the US Geological Survey.

The USGS said the quakes were also felt in Calapan in Mindoro province, Batangas Province, and the capital of Manila.

Before the three strong quakes jolted a wide area of Luzon, Phivolcs science research assistant Lara Gianan said that 991 aftershocks from Tuesday's natural disaster were recorded and 139 minor quakes were plotted, of which only 19 of these were felt.

"It is not a major quake at all but it could be an natural disaster swarm since the magnitudes' numbers are close with each other", Solidum told radio station dzMM.

"These swarms are natural occurrences and we do not expect a big quake in this area", he said.

Apart from the church, the municipal building also suffered a crack on the right side.

Mall tenants and mall goers at SM Lucena and Pacific Mall Lucena were evacuated to the parking area.

Solidum earlier said Tuesday's quake may have been caused by movement in the Lubang fault.