Earthquake jolts Metro Manila, parts of Luzon

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(UPDATED) Phivolcs says aftershocks are expected from the magnitude 6 quake

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised to magnitude 6 the quake that hit 43 km southwest of San Antonio town in Zambales at 3:31 am, Sunday, January 11.

Phivolcs earlier registered the quake at magnitude 5.7. The US Geological Survey reported the quake’s magnitude at 5.8.

The strong quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 85km, Phivolcs said. It rocked Metro Manila, netizens posted on Twitter.

— Niccolo Cosme (@niccolocosme) January 10, 2015


Phivolcs said the following intensities were felt: 

  • Intensity IV – Pasig City; Pasay City; Manila City; Quezon City; Hagonoy, Bulacan; Makati City; San Mateo, Rizal; Obando, Bulacan 
  • Intensity III – Tagaytay City; San Miguel, Tarlac;
  • Intensity II – Baguio City; Batangas City 

Aftershocks are expected from the quake, according to the agency. So far, no damage has been reported.

Follow Phivolcs’ Earthquake Preparedness Guide on what one should do during and after an earthquake. 

Immediately after a quake, Phivolcs advises affected people to take “the fastest and safest way out of the building.” One should not use elevators or enter damaged buildings, according to the agency.

Most of all, do not panic. –

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