M5.7 quake jolts Metro Manila, south Luzon
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near Batangas on Wednesday night, state bureau PHIVOLCS said.
The undersea tremor, which was tectonic in origin, struck around 7:52 p.m. at a depth of 36 kilometers. Its epicenter was located 22 kilometers southwest of Calatagan, Batangas.
It was felt at Intensity 5 in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, and Batangas City, acccording to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
The quake was felt at Intensity 4 in Malolos, Bulacan.
It was felt at Intensity 3 in Tagaytay City, Quezon City, Pasig City, and Lucena City.
PHIVOLCS director Renato Solidum said aftershocks should be expected, but residents of Calatagan can go back home.
Calatagan local disaster management official Ronald Torre said the quake did not cause any damage in the town.
The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake at magnitude 5.6.
There is no possibility of a tsunami and no damage to properties is expected in Metro Manila, said Solidum.
He said the quake is likely related to the Lubang fault. - with reports from Robert Mano and Dennis Datu, dzMM; ANC