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MANILA, Philippines – South of Manila was shook by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 7: 52, Wednesday evening. The tremor was also felt in Central Luzon and in National Capital Region.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) head Renato Solidum Jr. said that the tectonic quake was centered 22 kilometers southwest of Calatagan, Batangas.

The same earthquake was reported by the US Geological survey with epicenter 14 kilometers north-northwest of Wawa, Mindoro and has a depth of 76.74 kilometers.

Yahoo reported that intensity 5 hit the province of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Batangas City and the towns of Looc, Lubang, Mamburao, Sablayan and Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro.

Meanwhile, intensity 4 was felt in Malolos, Bulacan; Tagaytay City; Cavite towns of Mabini, Batangas; Indang, Rosario and the towns of Naujan, San Teodoro, Pola, and Socorro in Oriental Mindoro.

Intensity 3 movements shook Quezon City; Pasig; Taguig; Manila; Paranaque; Bacoor, Cavite; Baco, Oriental Mindoro; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Talisay, Batangas and Taal Volcano Island.

Moreover, Intensity 2 hit the towns of Binangonan, Rizal; Lucban, Quezon; Makati City; and San Pedro, Laguna while Caloocan City experienced intensity 1.

Phivolcs expects no damage from the earthquake but aftershocks may be felt.

“It is not damaging if the shake is only at Intensity 4, similarly at Intensity 5, it is not expected to ground severe damages but may cause panic to the residents on the affected area,” Solidum said via GMA News.

He said it is possible the quake was due to a movement of the Lubang Fault or the Manila Trench.

-JEFFREY D. CONSULTADO
LNU, ABCOM INTERN