Batangas governor declares a state of calamity following magnitude-5.5 quake

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The historic Taal Basilica, the largest church in the country and in Asia, sustained minor damage in the April 4 earthquake that struck Batangas.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas declared Wednesday a state of calamity following the magnitude-5.5 earthquake that struck the province Tuesday night.

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"We declared a state of calamity in Batangas and suspended classes at all levels, private and public, while assessing damage to buildings and facilities," he told CNN Philippines on Wednesday.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Renato Solidum said the tremor hit 7 km northwest of Tingloy town at 8:58 p.m. Tuesday. He added that there was no threat of a tsunami, but that aftershocks were expected.

In a phone interview on CNN Philippines Newsroom on Wednesday, Mandanas said there were no casualties from the quake, just minor damage to property.

"Some churches have been damaged," he said. "And of course, minor damage even in Tingloy, which was close to the epicenter. But nevertheless, we are going to be cautious."

"We have our fund for the disaster mitigation," he added. "As a matter of fact, we would be distributing cement and all of those."

Mandanas also said the damage to Tingloy from the earthquake was far less than what it experienced during a typhoon in December 2016.

"The port destroyed during the typhoon, all those schools and even the municipal hall, the damage of the last typhoon was definitely much, much more," he said. "And there were human casualties during the last typhoon. So compared to the last typhoon, this was God's blessing, really. We were spared."