Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Quake strikes Mindoro, some parts of Manila

A maximum of 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Mindoro province and other areas in Luzon including Metro Manila on Tuesday afternoon, with the government warning of aftershocks. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Philvolcs) said in its 2 p.m. bulletin that the tectonic earthquake was recorded at 1:03 p.m. Its epicenter was reportedly 48 kilometers northwest of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro, Philvolcs said. The area felt an Intensity III shock. The quake has also been felt in the cities of Pasay and Manila as well as in Clark and Olongapo cities in Pampanga. Quezon City also experienced an Intensity I shock. No damage has been reported due to the earthquake, but the Philvolcs said aftershocks may be expected. The earthquake comes amid floods in Metro Manila and nearby Luzon provinces caused by the southwest monsoon.