Over 700 aftershocks recorded after Batangas quake

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2017 02:07 PM

A church-goer collects debris in front of the Saint Martin de Tours Basilica in the earthquake-hit town of Taal, Batangas province on Wednesday. Francis Malasig, EPA

MANILA - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Thursday has already recorded 716 aftershocks after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocked Batangas province on Tuesday. 

Ten of the aftershocks -- with magnitudes between 1.8 and 4.9 -- have been felt as of 10:30 a.m., Phivolcs research assistant Maila Palatino told ABS-CBN News. 

More aftershocks are expected to hit the city, Palatino added. 

Tuesday's nighttime quake damaged several buildings, including the centuries-old Taal Basilica and the provincial capitol. 

Officials advised residents to avoid entering establishments with minor damage, secure objects that may fall and prepare a bag with emergency supplies. 

The local government has also distributed relief supplies and construction materials to affected residents. 
 
-- With a report from Zhander Cayabyab, DZMM