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5.8 quake rocks Batangas, August 13

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By Joenald Medina Rayos

CALATAGAN, Batangas – (Updated) A 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the province of Batangas at exactly 11:08 Friday evening, August 13.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake [which was initially reported with a strength of 5.7-magnitude] was traced to 113 kilometer depth of 13.68°N, 120.55°E – 018 km S 24° W of Calatagan in western Batangas.

The quake which was tectonic in origin was also felt at Intensity IV in Calatagan, Lipa City, Lemery and Taal in Batangas; Puerto Galera and Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro; Looc and Lubang in Occidental Mindoro, and Binan, Laguna. It was also felt at Intensity III in Pasig City, City of Manila, Caloocan City, Valenzuela City and Quezon City in Metro Manila, Batangas City; Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, Tanza in Cavite and in Obando, Bulacan.

It was recorded at Intensity II in Meycauayan City and Malolos City, Bulacan; Makati City, Pasay City, and Pateros in Metro Manila; and San Jose, San Pascual, Bauan, Agoncillo, San Luis and Talisay in Batangas; and was Intensity I in Malabon City.

No aftershocks are expected, the agency noted.

Phivolcs said this quake is an aftershock of the 6.6-magnitude earthquake that rocks Calatagan on July 24, 2021, the epicenter of which was traced at 111 kilometer depth of 13.71°N, 120.57°E – 015 km S 28° W of Calatagan.

Based on the DOST-Phivolcs monitor, two (2) minor quakes with 2.2 magnitude also struck in almost the same spot last month of July. On July 24, 2021, a 1.7-magnitude quake struck at 107 km depth of 13.70°N, 120.56°E – 018 km S 26° W of Calatagan, while on July 29, a 2.6-magnitude quake traced its epicenter at 099 km depth of 13.69°N, 120.56°E – 018 km S 26° W of Calatagan.| – BNN   

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