Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Batangas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) — The magnitude 5.5 earthquake which hit Batangas on Tuesday evening caused damage in churches and commercial establishments.

The tremor was also felt in parts of Metro Manila and south Luzon.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum said the temblor hit 7km northwest of Tingloy town at 8:58 p.m.

 

There was no threat of a tsunami but aftershocks were expected, Solidum said.

"We don't expect significant damage in many areas but we need to make sure that the other areas near the epicenter would report there are slight damages. At this stage, the highest intensity reported so far is intensity VI in Batangas City, and the rest will be much lower," Solidum told CNN Philippines.

As of 7:51 a.m. Wednesday, Phivolcs reported the following earthquake intensities:

  • Intensity VI - Batangas City
  • Intensity V - Malvar and Calatagan, Batangas
  • Intensity IV - Makati City; Obando, Bulacan; Silang, Noveleta, Imus and Indang, Cavite; Calamba, Laguna; Sta. Ana, Manila; Valenzuela City; Tagaytay City; Cuenca, Batangas
  • Intensity III - Mandaluyong City; Quezon City; Gen. Trias, & Dasmariñas, Cavite ; Pasay City; Lucena City; Sta. Rosa, Laguna
  • Intensity II - Talisay, Batangas; Abra De Ilog, Occidental Mindoro; Pasig City; Meycauayan, Bulacan

Meanwhile, netizens immediately flooded social media with tweets and reports of the earthquake, with some even relating it to international band Coldplay's concert.

 

(Story updated 11:50 a.m. of April 5 to reflect revised Phivolcs measurement of the quake's magnitude.)