Panic, damage as three strong quakes hit Philippines

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake

Gianan pointed out that Phivolcs is still verifying if Saturday's earthquakes are separate events, and not aftershocks, since they are stronger than last Tuesday's 5.5-magnitude tremor that hit Tingloy, Batangas.

The first quake, measuring 5.6-magnitude was felt around 3:07 p.m.

In Manila, AFP reporters saw people running out of office buildings in the financial district.

Local television network ABS CBN broadcast images of passengers rushed to leave the Batangas International Port, which is near the epicentre of the earthquakes.

There was no report of casualties, but the quake caused a landslide in Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas and did some damage to properties in the hard-hit province.

In July 1990, more than 2,400 people were killed on the northern island of Luzon in a magnitude-7.8 quake, one of the strongest tremors to hit the country.

Three strong earthquakes rocked a coastal region near the Philippine capital within half an hour of each other Saturday, sending people running out of buildings.

According to Phivolcs, the first two tremors generated Intensity VII in Mabini and Intensity VI in the municipalities of Calatagan, Nasugbu and Tingloy, all in Batangas.


Phivolcs said Intensity 5 was documented in Batangas City, Sto. "So there is no need to conduct relief operation", he also said. "We are still observing the situation after the natural disaster since there are still aftershocks", PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said.

The USGS said the tremor struck 3:08 p.m. and 3:09 p.m. with an epicenter 13 km northeast of Mindoro province.

Taal Polymedic Hospital patients in the town of Taal also temporarily evacuated their patients and found cracks on the wall of the laboratory room.

Georgina Garcia, information officer of the Office of Civil Defense-Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-RDRRMC) in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region, said consolidated reports indicate that at least 3,053 individuals were taken to 11 evacuation areas in the city, while at least 89 families in San Luis town, or 345 individuals from barangays Balite, Poblacion, Banoyo and Dulangan were also evacuated.

The old Saint Martin of Tours Basilica or Taal Basilica suffered damage on its façade.

Mall tenants and mall goers at SM Lucena and Pacific Mall Lucena were evacuated to the parking area.

"The quake was stronger", Mercado said.

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