An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.7 on the Richter scale struck Metro Manila, Batangas, and nearby areas at 7:52 p.m. today, June 25, 2014, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported.
PHIVOLCS said the quake epicenter was at 22 kilometers southwest of Calatagan, Batangas with a depth of 36 kilometers.
Authorities have yet to determine whether the tremor caused any damage or casualties.
PHIVOLCS said the temblor was felt in the following areas:
- Intensity V – Puerto Galera, Or. Mindoro; Batangas City; Looc,Lubang, Mamburao, Sablayan, Abra de Ilog, (Occ. Mindoro)
- Intensity IV – Malolos, Bulacan; Tagaytay City; Mabini, Batangas; Indang, Rosario (Cavite); Naujan, San Teodoro, Pola, Socorro (Oriental Mindoro)
- Intensity III – Quezon City; Pasig City; Taguig City; Manila City; Paranaque City; Bacoor, Cavite; Baco, Or. Mindoro; San Jose, Occ. Mindoro; Talisay, Batangas, Taal Volcano Island
- Intensity II – Binangonan,Rizal; Lucban, Quezon; Makati City; San Pedro, Laguna
- Intensity I – Caloocan City
PHIVOLCS added that aftershocks are expected from this earthquake.
The Philippines sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
A report from PhilStar last week said Metro Manila and nearby provinces may be isolated due to collapsed roads and buildings if a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits the National Capital Region, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned.