Fears as Philippines struck by THREE EARTHQUAKES in just 20 minutes
Fears as Philippines struck by THREE EARTHQUAKES in just 20 minutes
Philippines struck by 5.7 magnitude earthquake
09 April, 2017, 03:00
A Reuters reporter felt a tremor for over a minute in the Makati business district of Manila.
The first 5.5-magnitude temblor struck inland at 3:08 p.m. (0708 GMT) followed by a 5.9 quake just a minute later, according to a revised report by the US Geological Service.
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.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quakes, the strongest of which hit the coast close to the town of Mabini, south of Manila.
The USGS said the quakes occurred over a period of about 20 minutes.
"We are evacuating some people who live on the coast".
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Department of Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez said the Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit 3 were on normal operations and there was no reported damage in both facilities. Tomas and Lemery in Batangas and Tagaytay City; while Intensity IV was felt in Dasmariñas in Cavite, Lucena City in Laguna and Pateros.
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Solidum also debunked claims that the series of earthquakes in Batangas were a "sign" of an incoming 8.0-magnitude natural disaster and said there was no evidence of a connection with any activity at Taal Volcano.
Traces could be seen of the damage wrought by the latest quake - tagged by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) as being of tectonic origin some 12 kms north, 57° west of Mabini, Batangas at a depth of 24 kms.
"We are also monitoring the Taal Volcano". Daet, Camarines Sur felt Intensity 2.
Movement was also felt in Batangas, Cavite and Quezon Province.
Smaller quakes were subsequently felt in Batangas with magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 4.7 in the succeeding hours.
The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office has also directed City Hall security to evacuate all City Hall buildings as a precautionary measure following the quake.
Major establishments and mall complexes, including the SM Southmall in Las Piñas City, ordered an evacuation due to strong aftershocks.
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