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6.3 magnitude quake jolts Batangas

  • Written by Jun I. Legaspi
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RATTLED. Court employees gather in front of their building after an earthquake hit Batangas yesterday and sent aftershocks across Luzon and Metro Manila. A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the region south of the Philippine capital, causing buildings in Manila to sway, seismologists said.  Photo by: AFP / TED ALJIBE RATTLED. Court employees gather in front of their building after an earthquake hit Batangas yesterday and sent aftershocks across Luzon and Metro Manila. A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the region south of the Philippine capital, causing buildings in Manila to sway, seismologists said.

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake jolted Nasugbu, Batangas yesterday afternoon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Phivolcs said the earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck 16 kilometers southwest off Nasugbu town at 1:28 p.m. yesterday, with a depth of 160 kilometers.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said the earthquake was due to the movement of the Manila Trench.

“Ang pagyanig  ng lindol na dulot ng tinatawag na pagkilos along the Manila Trench. Ang lindol po ay malalim, 161 kilometers, kaya marami rin po ang nakaramdam,” Solidum said.

He said yesterday’s tremor will not generate a tsunami due to its depth.

The earthquake was also felt in parts of Metro Manila, prompting several offices to evacuate their employees.

Intensity 4 was recorded in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro; Subic, Zambales; Rosario, Cavite; Manila City and Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
    
Intensity 3 was felt in Pateros, Quezon City, Makati City, Malolos, Bulacan; Cainta, Rizal and Calamba, Laguna.
    
Intensity 2 in Magalang, Pampanga and Tanauan City, Batangas and intensity 1 in Talisay, Batangas.
    
Instrumental intensities recorded intensity 3 in  Calumpit and San Ildefonso in Bulacan and in Tagaytay City while intensity 2 in Lucban, Quezon.
    
Phivolcs said aftershocks are expected following the temblor.