21 quakes in a day: Aftershocks continue in Batangas


Posted at Apr 11 2017 12:35 PM

A magnitude-2.7 tremor was monitored of San Luis, Batangas at 11:31 AM on Tuesday. It was the 21st for the day. Photo from Phivolcs

MANILA - More than 20 tremors were recorded in Batangas on Tuesday alone, days after three quakes jolted the province.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) monitored 21 temblors with magnitudes ranging between 1.8 to 3.9.

The strongest was recorded 001 kilometer Northwest of the town of Tingloy at 06:17 AM.

On Saturday, Mabini town was hit first by a magnitude 5.7 quake at 3:08 p.m., followed by a magnitude 5.9. A third quake hit nearby Taysan town in Batangas 20 minutes later at magnitude 5.0.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum allayed fears that the recent quakes would trigger the so-called 'Big One,' or when the West Valley Fault moves and generates a magnitude-7.2 quake that could kill up to 34,000 people and injure 100,000 others.

Solidum maintained, the fault which moved in Mabini was not linked to the West Valley Fault and that former fault movements were not strong enough to affect the latter.