Quake hits Mindoro; aftershocks expected

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

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Earthquake also felt in Quezon City, Manila, Muntinlupa City, and Lucban, Quezon

MINDORO QUAKE. The Occidental Mindoro earthquake Friday is felt in other areas in Luzon. Map from Phivolcs

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude-5.3 earthquake that hit Occidental Mindoro on Friday, March 9, is likely to produce aftershocks affecting surrounding areas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at around 4:03 a.m. Phivolcs located its epicenter 17 km southwest of Looc, Occidental Mindoro.

It was felt at intensity 3 in Quezon City, Manila, and Muntinlupa City; and at intensity 1 in Lucban, Quezon.

Phivolcs expects no damage after the quake, according to its 4:50 am bulletin.

For residents affected by earthquakes, Phivolcs has released an Earthquake Preparedness Guide listing the things one should do before, during, and after an earthquake. – Rappler.com

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Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email pat.esmaquel@rappler.com