Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Hundreds Flee After Three Strong Quakes Strike Philippines

Hundreds Flee After Three Strong Quakes Strike Philippines

A 5.0 quake hit in the same region after another 20 minutes, according to U.S. geologists.

A series of earthquakes struck the Philippines province of Batangas on Saturday, causing damages and leaving some areas without power. No serious injuries were reported immediately.

Phivolcs head Renato Solidum on Saturday said the Batangas quakes were tectonic in origin and caused by the movement of a local and still unnamed fault between Mabini and Tingloy towns.

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Boulders rendered roads in Barangay Pagkilatan, Batangas City impassable.

"We are also monitoring the Taal Volcano".

"It would be best if they will just stay inside their homes".

Taal Polymedic Hospital patients in the town of Taal also temporarily evacuated their patients and found cracks on the wall of the laboratory room.

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Intensity III was felt in Makati, Pasay, Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Mandaluyong and Bacoor in Cavite, while Intensity II was recorded in Daet, Camarines Sur.

"The DSWD continues to extend relief assistance to families affected by the natural disaster in Batangas and nearby provinces", said Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo in a statement. An Intensity 4 tremor is felt "generally by people indoors and some people outdoors". "We are still observing the situation after the natural disaster since there are still aftershocks", PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said.

Several schools suspended classes Saturday, including the University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University and Far Eastern University.

The natural disaster was felt in other municipalities like Mabini, Cuenca, Agoncillo, Bauan, and Taal, where landslides in several barangays were reported and some roads became impassable.

Apart from the church, the municipal building also suffered a crack on the right side.

The USGS said the tremor struck 3:08 p.m. and 3:09 p.m. with an epicenter 13 km northeast of Mindoro province.

Kristofferson Vidad, a science research assistant at Phivolcs, said that as of 8 a.m. yesterday, 983 aftershocks from Tuesday's quake have been recorded.

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