After a series of earthquakes a few days ago, Batangas has again been the epicenter of consecutive tremors this Saturday afternoon. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), three earthquakes took place only minutes apart with at least magnitude 5.

The first earthquake was recorded at 3:08:01pm (Philippine Time) 1 km North East of Bagalangit, Philippines with a magnitude of 5.5. A second earthquake only a minute apart was recorded at 1km South SouthWest of Talaga with a magnitude of 5.9.

Earthquake Hits Areas in Luzon
Some twenty minutes later, a third earthquake at 5.0 struck 1 km west northwest of Taysan Town, also in Batangas. It is located east of Mabini, where the first two quakes struck. There is no information yet if the third quake was an aftershock resulting from the twin quakes.

The tremor’s origin was proximate to the island town of Tingloy where a 5.5-magnitude quake hit around 9 pm last Tuesday which generated multiple aftershocks.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) tagged the earthquake at magnitude 5.6, epicenter 2kms Northwest of Mabini. The second earthquake was identified at magnitude 6.0 after two minutes.

Intensity VII was recorded in the town of Mabini, Intensity VI in Calatagan, Nasugbu, and Tingloy in Batangas.

Dasmari├▒as, Cavite, Lucena City and Pateros City felt Intensity IV while Makati City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Muntinlupa City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City and Bacoor Cavite were reported to be Intensity Iii.

The quake was felt as far as Daet, Camarines Sur. Intensity II.
Several roads and properties in Batangas were damaged by the said tremors.

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