(Update 2) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit Metro Manila and Batangas Province Tuesday evening, April 4, 2017, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.
The quake’s epicenter was located 7 kilometers northwest of Tingloy, Batangas. The quake struck at 8:58 p.m.
The quake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at a depth of only 3 kilometers.
Intensity V was felt in Malvar & Calatagan, Batangas while Intensity IV in Makati City; Obando, Bulacan; Imus, & Indang, Cavite; Calamba, Laguna; Sta. Ana, Manila; Valenzuela City; Tagaytay City, Intensity III in Mandaluyong City; Quezon City; Gen. Trias, & Dasmariñas, Cavite ; Pasay City; and Lucena City.
Intensity II was felt in Talisay, Batangas; and Pasig City.
Phivolcs describes Intensity 5 as “strong,” a strong shaking and rocking is felt throughout building. Intensity 4 as “moderately strong.” It is often felt like the passing of a heavy truck and can rattle wood-framed buildings, the agency said.
Intensity 3, meanwhile, is described as “weak” and may cause hanging objects to swing moderately.