Magnitude-5.7 earthquake hits parts of Luzon, Metro Manila

Magnitude-5.7 earthquake hits parts of Luzon, Metro Manila - April 8, 2017

A magnitude-5.7 earthquake hit parts of Luzon and Metro Manila on Saturday afternoon, April 8, 2017, the United States Geological Survey reported.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the epicenter of the quake, which struck at 3:07 pm, was located in Mabini, Batangas, at a depth of 4 kilometers.

In an earlier bulletin issued several minutes after the quake, PHIVOLCS measured the quake at magnitude 5.6. The US Geological Survey, meanwhile, measured it at magnitude 5.7.

The quake was felt in various parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Phivolcs in its second earthquake bulletin at 4:40 p.m. noted that in the 3:07 earthquake, these intensities were felt in the following areas:

Intensity 7 – Mabini, Batangas
Intensity 6 – Calatagan, Nasugbu and Tingloy, Batangas
Intensity 5 – Batangas City, Sto. Tomas and Lemery in Batangas; Tagaytay City in Cavite
Intensity 4 – Dasmarinas, Cavite: Lucena City in Quezon Province; Pateros City
Intensity 3 – Makati City; Pasay City; Quezon City; Muntinlupa City; Malabon City;
Mandaluyong City; Bacoor, Cavite
Intensity 2 – Daet, Camarines Sur

Magnitude refers to the energy released by the earthquake, while intensity refers to a tremor’s strength.