Magnitude 5.8 quake jolts Mindoro, parts of Metro Manila
MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off Mindoro island Wednesday morning and was felt in parts of Metro Manila and Southern Luzon.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake which occurred at 9:09 a.m. centered 11 kilometers northeast of the town of Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro. It had a depth of 11o kilometers.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injury from the earthquake that lasted for a few seconds in several intervals.
Earthquake Information No.1
Date and Time: 12 May 2021 – 09:09 AM
Magnitude = 5.8
Depth = 110 kilometers
Location = 13.55N, 120.73E – 011 km N 01° E of Abra De Ilog (Occidental Mindoro)https://t.co/f4WGnEJvFh pic.twitter.com/u7BNq921Mn
— PHIVOLCS-DOST (@phivolcs_dost) May 12, 2021
Undersecretary Renato Solidum, Phivolcs director, said the earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, was caused by the movement along the Manila trench.
“Dahil po malalim, mas malawak po ang makakaramdam, hindi lang po sa Mindoro, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) area, pati din sa Metro Manila,” Solidum told Teleradyo.
(Because of its depth, more areas felt the earthquake, like in Mindoro, Calabarzon area, even Metro Manila.)
In a separate report, PHIVOLCS reported that Intensity V was felt in Lubang Occidental Mindoro; Calamba City in Laguna; and Calaca, Batangas.
Intensity IV was felt in Malvar and Lemery, Batangas; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Mendez, Cavite; Limay, Bataan; Tagaytay City; and even as far as Manila.
Batangas towns Agoncillo, Cuenca, Talisay, and Lipa City; General Trias and Dasmarinas in Cavite; and southern Metro cities Muntinlupa and Makati reported Intensity III.
Intensity II was reported in Caloocan City and Marikina City; Olongapo City, Zambales; Cavite City; Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Taysan, Batangas; Batangas City; Lucena City, Dolores and Mulanay towns in Quezon province; and in Binangonan Rizal.
San Mateo, Rizal; and San Francisco, Quezon reported Intensity I.
Solidum said that the quake is unlikely to cause damage, while he also ruled out the threat of a possible tsunami.
“Wala pong pangamba sa tsunami, so far ang mga naka-experience ng lindol ay nagrereport ng intensity four, kung ganun lang po hindi tayo nage-expect ng damage,” Solidum told Teleradyo.
(There is no threat of tsunami. So far, the areas affected by the earthquake have only reported intensity four, if that’s the case, then we are not expecting any damage.)
Solidum added that aftershocks are possible but they also won’t expect it to be damaging.
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