Earthquakes hit Batangas anew, felt in Metro Manila

This was how Facebook user Ryan Valle described how his fellow guests at Camp Netanya Resort in Mabini town in Batangas when a magnitude 5.6 quake struck the province on Saturday afternoon, April 8.

Three strong earthquakes struck the Philippines main island of Luzon on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The first one was recorded at around 3:08 Bagalangit in Mabini town with a magnitude of 5.5 and a depth of 42.2 kilometers.

The first natural disaster, a magnitude 5.5, hit at 3 p.m. with an epicenter 40 kilometers north-west of Mabini, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology said. Tomas and Lemery Batangas; and Batangas City and Tagaytay City.

Intensity IV, shakes which are "moderately strong" were felt in Dasmariñas, Cavite; Lucena City and Pateros City.

On April 4, 2017, a 5.5-magnitude quake also hit Batangas with the epicenter recorded in the municipality of Tingloy. "Let us not forward information from unverified sources that may cause undue alarm", Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

He added so far, only minor damages have been reported and no evacuations have taken place, but they are still closely monitoring the developments for possible action.

After the quake, the Philippine National Railway issued an advisory to its train operators to take "extreme caution" of five kilometers per hour when passing Pandacan and Alabang bridges and "never allow two trains on said bridges".

  • Leroy Wright