News Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocks Batangas anew

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocks Batangas anew

Another strong earthquake jolts Batangas, Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon anew.


Batangas, Philippines – Another strong earthquake rocks Batangas anew.

A strong earthquake with magnitude 5.6 rocks Batangas, Metro Manila and nearby provinces anew on April 8, Saturday.

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According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the earthquake was felt at 3:07 PM, with  the epicenter at 13.76°N, 120.92°E – 002 km N 68° W of Mabini, Batangas. It is of tectonic origin.

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The quake struck one kilometer outside Talaga, located less than 70km south of Manila, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports. It has a depth of 42.7km according to USGS.

Damages and afteshocks are expected following the magnitude 5.6 quake.

Related: Phivolcs urges residents to prepare for Magnitude 7.2 earthquake (the Big One) in Metro Manila, nearby areas

Prior to the stronger quake, more than 5 movements were recorded in Batangas on April 8.

  • 10:43 AM – Magnitude 2.6 in San Luis (Batangas)
  • 09:05 AM – Magnitude 2.8 in San Luis (Batangas)
  • 08:29 AM – Magnitude 4.1 in Mabini (Batangas)
  • 07:01 AM – Magnitude 2.0 in San Luis (Batangas)
  • 06:45 AM – Magnitude 1.8 in Mabini (Batangas)
  • 01:34 AM – Magnitude 2.2 in Mabini (Batangas)
  • 12:50 AM – Magnitude 2.2 in San Nicolas (Batangas)
Batangas earthquakes April 8, 2017
Source: Phivolcs

Last week, an earthquake of similar magnitude also jolted Batangas, parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.  Damages to infrastructures were also reported.

Suspension of classes were also announced in anticipation of possible damages brought about by the tectonic movement.


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