M6.3 quake hits Batangas

Image from Phivolcs
Image from Phivolcs

(UPDATED) A MAGNITUDE 6.3 earthquake hit the town of Calatagan in the province of Batangas on Thursday morning, June 15, 2023, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake occurred at 10:19 a.m., with the epicenter located at 15 kilometers southwest of Calatagan and with a depth of 119 kilometers.

The earthquake was felt at Intensity 4 in the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Quezon, Valenzuela, Malolos, and Dasmariñas; Tagaytay; Ibaan, Lemery, Nasugbu and Talisay in Batangas; and Tanay, Rizal.

It was also felt at Intensity 3 in Pateros; cities of Las Piñas, Makati, Marikina, Parañaque, Imus, Bacoor, San Pablo and Pasig; Obando, Bulacan; Laurel, Batangas; and San Mateo, Rizal.

The cities of Caloocan, San Juan, Muntinlupa, San Fernando in La Union, Alaminos, and Bolinao in Pangasinan; Santa Maria, Bulacan; and Bamban, Tarlac reported it at Intensity 2, while the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan felt the quake at Intensity 1.

The agency said there were also instrumental intensities recorded in various areas in the country, particularly in Luzon.

Erlington Olaveria, senior science resource specialist of Phivolcs, said in a radio interview said there is no threat of tsunami considering the depth of the earthquake.

He said the movement is associated with the Manila fault.

Olaviera said it is also not connected to the ongoing irregular activities of Taal and volcano in Batangas, Kanlaon volcano in Negros Island and Mayon volcano in Albay.

“Wala naman itong kaugnayan. It’s a normal process na nagkakaroon ng paggalaw ang Manila Trench, it so happen meron lang activity na ongoing sa Taal, Mayon at Kanlaon. Pero hindi po related ito (earthquake) sa mga aktibidad ng mga bulkan,” he said.

(It has nothing to do with it. It's a normal process that the Manila Trench has movement; it so happens that there is only ongoing activity in Taal, Mayon and Kanlaon. But this (earthquake) is not related to the activities of volcanoes.)

In a separate interview, Amor Calayan, head of the Batangas Risk Reduction Management Office, said risk assessment is ongoing.

“Sa ngayon, wala pa naman nakikita na related problems nitong earthquake na ito sa pasilidad, sa mga tao, sa kahayupan or halaman,” said Calayan.

(So far, there have been no visible problems related to this earthquake in the facility, people, livestock or plants.) (SunStar Philippines)

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