MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - A magnitude 5.6 earthquake jolted Occidental Mindoro early Sunday, Phivolcs said.
The tremor, recorded at 5:59 a.m., was located 10 kilometers northwest of Sablayan town, according to state seismologists.
It was tectonic in origin with a depth of 10 kilometers.
The following instrumental intensities were reported:
- Intensity III - San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
- Intensity II - Batangas City
- Intensity I - Mulanay and Mauban, Quezon; Tagaytay City
Damage and aftershocks were expected, Phivolcs said.
In Sablayan's Barangay San Agustin, the wall of a house crumbled due to the quake, according to the town's disaster response officer, Arcris Canillo.
No one was hurt while some damage to five houses were estimated at P208,000, according to the local disaster office.
“Talagang umuuga ang mga bahay, matagal din po," Sablayan mayor Andy Dangeros said.
(Houses were shaking and it lasted long.)
A second earthquake, measured at magnitude 4.6, was recorded at 7:33 a.m., some 7 kilometers southeast of Sablayan town.
It had a depth of focus of 13 kilometers and was tectonic in origin.
A "moderately strong" tremor or Intensity IV was felt in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, according to Phivolcs.
The Philippines is situated on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.
— With a report from Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News; and, Agence France-Presse
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