Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks parts of Luzon

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The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila suspends classes following the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that shook Metro Manila.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — A magnitude-5.3 earthquake shook Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon on Friday, prompting evacuations and suspension of classes.

The earthquake struck waters 39 kilometers northeast of Burdeos town in Quezon province at 4:28 p.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Intensity 5, considered by Phivolcs as "strong," was felt in the towns of Burdeos and Infant in Quezon, and Los Baños and Pakil in Laguna.

A "moderately strong" intensity 4 was experienced in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Marikina City; Sta. Cruz in Laguna' and Alanat and Gen. Nakar in Quezon.

Intensity 3 was felt in Guinyangan, Quezon province; Muntinlupa City; Manila City; San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; Bacoor, Cavite; Maddela, Quirino; San Mateo, Rizal; Baler, Aurora; and Lucena City

Intensity 2 was reported in Dingalan, Aurora; Mandaluyong City; Apalit, Pampanga; Taguig City; Lucban, Quezon, while San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Gapan City; Meycauayan, Bulacan recorded an intensity 1 tremor.

Several aftershocks have been reported, including one with a magnitude-5.1 that rattled Polilio Island in Quezon at Intensity 5.

While shaking was felt across Luzon, Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum told CNN Philippines it was "not a damaging earthquake," based on initial reports and the intensities recorded.

He added that he did not receive any reports of a landslide, but said this could occur in areas with intense rains.

The earthquake disrupted train operations in Metro Manila. The MRT-3, LRT-2, and LRT-1 temporarily stopped operations due to the tremor.

Some schools also suspended afternoon and night classes, including the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and the De La Salle University campuses in Manila, Makati, and Bonifacio Global City.

Phivolcs said the quake was tectonic in origin – or there was a movement in the Earth's crust – with a depth of 62 kilometers. Shaking is more felt when quakes have a shallower depth.