Magnitude 6 quake jolts Zambales

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Posted at Jun 17 2012 08:44 AM | Updated as of Jun 18 2012 12:51 AM

No tsunami warning after magnitude 6 quake

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) will not issue a tsunami warning after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolted Candelaria, Zambales at 6:18 Sunday morning.

John Paul Pallarmo of Phivolcs told DZMM TeleRadyo that there is no threat of a tsunami to the Philippines after the earthquake, which was felt in different parts of Luzon.

According to Gracela Macabiri, head of the Zambales Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), there were no damages reported even as the province felt the strong quake.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos earlier said that there were no damages caused by the earthquake.

“Dito sa Pateros ay may report kanina na lumindol, pero mahina lang,” he said. “Wala namang napinsala, wala rin tayong casualties.”

“Inaasahan natin na may aftershocks pero mahina lang ito kaya binabantayan natin,” Ramos added.

An intensity 4 quake was felt in the following areas: Candelaria, Sta. Cruz, Masinloc, Subic and Iba in Zambales; Dagupan City, Bugallon, Villasis and Bolinao in Pangasinan; and in Makati City.

An intensity 3 quake was felt in: Clark and Lubao in Pampanga; San Fernando, La Union; Pasay City; Taguig City; and Quezon City.

An intensity 2 quake was felt in Bacoor, Cavite and Plaridel, Bulacan, while an intensity 1 quake was felt in Tagaytay City.

Phivolcs has recorded three aftershocks, including a magnitude 3 aftershock.

Karl Vincent Soriano of Phivolcs said the epicenter of the earthquake was located 52-kilometers southwest of Candelaria, Zambales. The earthquake had a depth of 12 kilometers.

The quake, which was tectonic in origin, was caused by movement of the Manila Trench, a local fault system.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire - a belt around the Pacific Ocean dottend by active volcanoes and unstable ocean trenches.

One fault line runs directly under Manila, a metropolis populated by over 12-million people.

Government seismologists have warned the city is unprepared for a major earthquake. Report from DZMM, with Agence France-Presse.