MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit a town in Bulacan on Wednesday morning and was felt in parts of Metro Manila, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Phivolcs said the quake's epicenter was located 31 kilometers northeast of Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan. It struck at 10:07 a.m.
Initial report from Phivolcs said the quake was felt at Intensity III in Quezon City, Makati, Pasig and Taguig.
The quake had a depth of 13 kilometers.
Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said the quake was tectonic in origin. This means that the quake was caused by the movement of a local fault.
"Maliit lang ang lindol pero dahil malapit-lapit tayo, sa bandang may kabundukan iyan ng Sierra Madre, kaya naramdaman," Solidum told dzMM.
Solidum is asking the public to be prepared since there are no means to predict an earthquake.
"Ang importante kapag mayroong ganitong hindi kalakasan pero nararamdan ay dapat talaga naghahanda tayo," he said.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chief Benito Ramos, meanwhile, is asking the public to remain calm as the earthquake was not strong enough to cause damage.
Phivolcs said aftershocks are not expected from the quake.