Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Calatagan, Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021   •   209

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Calatagan, Batangas at 2:14 a.m. on Friday (October 8), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The quake has a depth of 131 kilometers and Intensity II was felt by residents in Calatagan.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was an aftershock of the magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred in the same area on July 24, 2021.

No damage was reported and no further aftershocks are expected. AAC

 

Phivolcs reports weak explosion in Mt. Pinatubo

Maris Federez   •   December 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A weak explosion was recorded at Mount Pinatubo on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The Pinatubo Volcano Network recorded seismic and infrasound signals of a weak explosion at Mt. Pinatubo between 12:09 and 12:13PM, an advisory from Phivolcs said.

The agency confirmed that the event produced a plume that was detected by Japan’s Himawari-8 Satellite.

“The seismic and infrasound signals are not typical of known volcanic processes and are currently being evaluated together with other potential sources,” Phivolcs said.

The advisory further read that there has been very low seismic activity in the past days.

It added that the geochemical survey at Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake yielded low diffused volcanic CO2, discounting magmatic activity beneath the edifice.

Phivolcs cautioned the public to refrain from going in the vicinity of Mount Pinatubo.

The agency also advised local government units (LGUs) to ban entry into the Pinatubo Crater until the source of the explosion is determined.

“Communities and LGUs surrounding Pinatubo are reminded to be always prepared for both earthquake and volcanic hazards and to review, prepare and strengthen their contingency, emergency, and other disaster preparedness plans,” Phivolcs said.

PNP vows justice for rape-slay victim in Batangas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar has directed the local police in Laurel town in Batangas to build an airtight case against the alleged perpetrators in the rape and slay of a 15-year-old.

Initial report stated that the victim had just come over to her classmate’s house so they could answer their module together on Monday morning but had not returned home by nightfall, causing her family to worry and search for her.

Her body was later found in a forested area in Barangay Sta. Maria.

Police said there were indications that she was sexually abused.

A witness told the local police that the teenager was last seen in the company of a barangay tanod. The barangay tanod was arrested and taken into police custody on Tuesday, November 9 but has denied any involvement in the crime.

Eleazar expressed his condolences to the victim’s family as he vowed that the PNP will give justice to her death.

“Bilang magulang ramdam ko ang sakit at pagdadalamhati ng mga naulila ng biktima. Ako ay nakikiramay sa pamilya ng dalagita na malayo pa sana ang mararating sa buhay. Titiyakin ng PNP na airtight ang kaso para siguradong mapanagot sa batas ang salarin sa karumal-dumal na krimen na ito,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Sa ngayon, hawak natin ang isang barangay tanod na sinasabing nasa likod ng krimen. I have ordered the Laurel Municipal Police Station in Batangas to leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence to the crime to make sure they get the real perpetrator or perpetrators,” he added.

Eleazar appealed to those who may have information on the incident to come forward and help authorities give justice to the teenager.

 

4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Camarines Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Camarines Sur on Thursday evening(October 14), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on a bulletin, the center of the quake was located in Canaman, Camarines Sur. It was of tectonic origin with a depth of one kilometer. Due to the impact, several establishments within the area were damaged.

Phivolcs reported the following intensities:

Intensity V – Canaman, Camarines Sur
Intensity IV – Calabanga, Camaligan, Gainza, Ocampo, Pili, and Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Intensity III – City of Naga
Intensity II – Buhi, Camarines Sur

Phivolcs also reported the following instrumental intensities:

Intensity VI – Pili, Camarines Sur
Intensity V – Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Intensity III – Iriga City, Camarines Sur
Intensity II – Legazpi City, Albay
Intensity I – Mercedes, Camarines Norte

Authorities continue to conduct assessment, while responders are ready for deployment. AAC

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