Quake rattles Quezon town, felt across Luzon


Posted at Sep 13 2019 04:35 PM | Updated as of Sep 13 2019 06:34 PM

Aftershock felt past 5 p.m.

MANILA (7th UPDATE) - A 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Burdeos town in Quezon province Friday afternoon, the state quake monitoring agency said, prompting evacuations across Luzon, even in the country's seat of power. 

The temblor, initially reported as a magnitude 5.5, occurred at 4:28 p.m. northeast of Burdeos at a depth of 10 kilometers, Phivolcs said. It was tectonic in origin.

In an interview on DZMM radio, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said no damage has been reported as of yet because of the quake. 

The quake was felt strongest in Burdeos and Infanta towns in Quezon at Intensity 5, along with Los Baños and Pakil in Laguna. 

The temblor was also felt in the following areas: 

  • Intensity 4 - Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Marikina City; Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Alabat and Gen. Nakar, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 - Guinayangan, Quezon; Muntinlupa City; Manila; San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; Bacoor, Cavite; Maddela, Quirino; San Mateo, Rizal; Baler, Aurora; Lucena City
  • Intensity 2- Dingalan, Aurora; Mandaluyong City; Apalit, Pampanga; Taguig City; Lucban, Quezon
  • Intensity 1- San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Gapan City; Meycauayan, Bulacan

The quake was also felt at instrumental intensity in the following areas: 

  • Intensity 5 - Polillo, Quezon
  • Intensity 4 - Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Alabat and Mauban, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 - Guinayangan, Quezon; Marikina City; Baler, Aurora; Tagaytay City; Quezon City; Navotas City
  • Intensity 2 - Mulanay, Lucban and Gumaca, Quezon; Malolos and San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Las Pinas City; Pasig City; San Juan City; Caloocan City; Malabon City; Muntinlupa City; Calumpit, Bulacan
  • Intensity 1 - Talisay, Batangas; Olongapo City; San Jose, Nueva Ecija

In Metro Manila, several office buildings, establishments and schools were evacuated, including Malacañang, the Department of Justice, the University of the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas. 

Metro Manila train lines LRT-2 and MRT-3 suspended operations because of the quake. MRT operations resumed at 5 p.m. but stopped again minutes later because of an aftershock. 

Phivolcs monitoring recorded a magnitude 2.4 quake some 34 kms northeast of Burdeos. 

A stronger aftershock, a magnitude 4.7, hit the same area around 5:18 p.m., Phivolcs monitoring showed. The agency classified the temblor as an aftershock of the main quake. 

The quake was felt in these areas: 

  • Intensity 5- Polillo, Quezon
  • Intensity 4 - Quezon City
  • Intensity 3 - San Juan City; Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Dinangalan, Aurora; Pasig City; Mandaluyong City; Taguig City
  • Intensity 2 - Guinayangan, Quezon; Pakil, Laguna; Makati City

Instrumental Intensity:

  • Intensity 4 - Polillo, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 - Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Marikina City;
  • Intensity 2 - Alabat, Guinayangan and Mauban, Quezon; Las Piñas City; Malolos City; San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Pasig City; Navotas City; Malabon City
  • Intensity 1 - Bacoor City; Baler, Aurora; San Juan City; Guagua, Pampanga

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said in a tweet he has ordered the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office "to monitor and report the impact of the earthquake that was felt in Manila this afternoon." 

The Philippine National Police Hotline urged the public to reach out if in need of assistance.