5.7 magnitude quake shakes Metro, southern Luzon

A moderately strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Metro Manila and parts of Southern Luzon early Monday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The quake occurred at 6:37 pm, centering 12 kilometers northeast of Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro. The United States Geological Survey calculated the earthquake at magnitude 5.4.

The movement originated fairly deep at 74 kilometers below ground. Renato Solidum Jr., Phivolcs director, said the earthquake was too deep to generate a destructive tsunami. Phivolcs did not raise a tsunami alert after the quake. There were no reports of damage or injuries from the quake as of Monday evening,

Phivolcs, in its advisory, said the event was felt at Intensity 4 in Manila, Talisay, Batangas and Tagaytay. The quake registered Intensity 3 in Quezon and Makati cities, and San Jose and Calapan, Mindoro. Baguio City and Plaridel Bulacan experienced Intensity 2.

At Intensity 4, many people indoors and outdoors would feel the vibration of the quake, Phivolcs said. “Vibration is felt like a passing of heavy truck,” Phivolcs said.

The 6:37 p.m. quake was the second tremor in the region on Monday. At 7:34 a.m. on Monday, a 3.8-magnitude quake struck near Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

Phivolcs said it was expecting aftershocks but that these would not be as strong as the 6:37 pm event.

In an interview with Jong Manlapaz of Radyo Inquirer, Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said there’s no reason for the public to panic because the strength won’t cause any tsunami, like what happened recently in Japan.

“The possibility of a stronger earthquake is far-fetched. However, it pays to be prepared all the time,” he said.

SOURCE: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20110321-326830/57-magnitude-quake-shakes-Metro-southern-Luzon