5.6 magnitude quake puts Batangas under state of calamity

admin   •   April 10, 2017   •   5932

MANILA, Philippines — Over 600 houses in the town of Mabini were damaged by an earthquake that shook the province of Batangas on Saturday afternoon — 90 of these houses are totally damaged.   The damages are estimated to be worth over P28million.

Landslides also occurred in some barangay while several seawalls collapsed.  For these, a state of calamity has been declared by Mabini mayor, Noel Luistro.

Mayor Luistro said most residents are still in a state of shock because this is the first time in a long time that the town of Mabini experienced an earthquake again.

Around 2,000 Mabini residents evacuated to the town of Bauan over fears of another strong quake.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) set up tents to serve as temporary shelters for the evacuees.

Based on the initial report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, there are no fatalities reported in the earthquake incident, but there were some wounded.

Authorities are now finding out the total worth of damages in the entire province.

The province still experiences aftershocks. Rescue groups are all set to immediately respond to those in need of assistance.

The local government unit has declared class suspension in all levels in Mabini, Lipa City and Tanauan. — UNTV News and Rescue

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocks Davao Occidental, nearby provinces

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocked Davao Occidental and nearby provinces early Wednesday (April 7).

According to a report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the tremor which was tectonic in origin struck 118 kilometers southeast of the municipality of Jose Abad Santos at 4:08 a.m. on Wednesday.

It had a depth of 91 kilometers.

The agency warned of aftershocks in the coming hours.

Instrumental Intensity I was recorded in General Santos City and Koronadal City in South Cotabato as well as in Alabel and Kiamba in Sarangani.

PHIVOLCS expects no damage from the quake as damage is possible only at Intensity VI based on the agency’s scale.

Residents on Taal Volcano island evacuated over seismic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021

BATANGAS, Philippines — Authorities started evacuating residents on Taal Volcano island over the recent seismic activity and changes in the volcano’s main crater lake.

They live within the island which is supposed to be a ‘no man’s land,’ particularly those in two communities in the municipality of Talisay.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the evacuation was a precautionary move.

Science and Technology Undersecretary and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) OIC Renato Solidum said that he recommended the restriction of people on the whole island.

Earlier, Phivolcs has recorded 98 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours having durations of five to 12 minutes.

The agency also monitored an increase in acidity and temperature of the Taal Volcano’s main crater lake.

Alert level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect with the possibility of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas occurring and threatening areas within the Taal Volcano island.

Phivolcs strongly advised the public against entering the Taal Volcano island, its permanent danger zone (PDZ), especially its main crater lake and fissures in Daang Kastila, due to the danger posed by the volcano’s recent activities. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

5.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Camarines Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A 5.1 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Camarines Norte on Friday morning (February 5).

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake struck around 6:00 a.m. near Tinaga Island.

Intensity 4 was felt in Capalonga, Camarines Norte. Intensity 3 was felt in Gumaca, Mauban and Lopez Quezon. Intensity 2 was recorded in Goa and Naga City, Camarines Sur, and Calauag, Quezon province while Intensity 1 was also felt in Cainta, Rizal.

Three aftershocks were recorded until 8:30 a.m. but no tsunami alert was raised by Phivolcs. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) continues to assess the situation. AAC (with reports from Bryan Baldaraje)

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