Saturday, April 8, 2017

Quake hits Luzon

Escalating temblors a minute apart traced to still shaken Batangas

 The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a third earthquake in Batangas Saturday afternoon, pegging its magnitude at 5.0 some 20 minutes after twin shocks hit the province.

The USGS said the third quake struck struck at 3:29 p.m. Saturday 1 km west northwest of Taysan town, also in Batangas. The town is located east of Mabini, where two quakes a minute apart hit less than half an hour earlier.

There is no information yet whether the third quake was an aftershock.

The third tremor was recorded after twin quakes hit Mabini:

The first hit 2 kms east northeast of Bagalangit village at 3:08 p.m., with a magnitude of 5.7. A 5.9-magnitude temblor hit a minute later, 1 km south southwest of Talaga in the same town.

The quake's origin is proximate to the island town of Tingloy, where a 5.5-magnitude quake hit just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. It generated multiple aftershocks.

The temblor was felt around Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, according to netizens' reports online.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) meanwhile pegged the earthquake at magnitude 5.6, with its epicenter 2 kms northwest of Mabini.