5.4-magnitude quake hits Aurora; felt in Metro Manila
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit Aurora on Thursday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Phivolcs said the earthquake occurred at 10:27 a.m. Its epicenter was located 17 kilometers northeast of Baler.
The quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 5 kms. The United States Geological Survey, meanwhile, measured the quake’s magnitude at 5.3.
Phivolcs said the following quake intensities were felt in these areas:
- Intensity V – Baler, Aurora
- Intensity IV -Palayan City, Cabiao, Bongabon and San Jose, Nueva Ecija; Santiago City, Isabela
- Intensity III – Tarlac City; Cabanatuan City; Dagupan City; Cauayan City, Isabela; Infanta, Quezon; Mandaluyong City; Quezon City; Taguig
- City; Pasay City; Antipolo City
- Intensity II – Clemente, Tarlac; Aglipay and Maddela, Quirino; Manila City; Malolos City, Bulacan
- Intensity I – Clark, Pampanga; Makati City
Aftershocks are expected from the quake, according to Phivolcs executive director Renato Solidum.
“Pwedeng magdulot ito ng aftershocks na most likely ang makakaramdam ay yung mga nasa epicenter na Aurora,” Solidum told dzMM.
Solidum also advised the public not to panic, as the quake only had a moderate strength. He added that a tsunami being generated by the quake is unlikely.
He said significant structural damage is not expected from the quake. However, he said weak buildings near the epicenter may still sustain minor cracks.
Posted on April 4, 2013, in Nation and tagged 5.4, Aurora, earthquake, magnitude, Metro Manila, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Philippines, Phivolcs, Renato Solidum. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.