MANILA – (3rd UPDATE) The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has upgraded the earthquake that hit General Nakar, Quezon to magnitude 5 from magnitude 4.4.
The quake's epicenter was located 24 kilometers northwest of General Nakar. The quake struck at 3:10 p.m.
The quake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at a depth of 13 kilometers.
Intensity V was felt in General Nakar and Infanta in Quezon, while intensity IV was felt in Antipolo City, Angono, Rizal and Real, Quezon.
Intensity III was felt in Quezon City, Marikina City, Manila, Makati City, Tarlac City, San Juan City, Pasay City, Calumpit Bulacan, Mandaluyong City, San Mateo, Teresa, Tanay and Binangonan, Rizal, and Pasig City while intensity II was felt in Taguig City, San Ildefonso, Bulacan, Bacoor, Cavite, Pateros, Parañaque City, Caloocan City and Valenzuela City.
The quake is not expected to cause serious damage to properties. Aftershocks were also recorded in General Nakar - a magnitude 2.6 quake at 3:15 p.m. and a magnitude 2.1 quake at 3:18 p.m.
Meanwhile, residents took to social media to express their thoughts about the earthquake. Hashtags "#earthquake" and "LUMINDOL BA" climbed the trends on Twitter, with netizens confirming if what they felt was an earthquake.
EMPLOYEES VACATE BUILDINGS, SENT HOME
The local government of Quezon City has ordered the suspension of office work in the city hall. Employees were also asked to vacate the building and go home.
Employees of some companies in Pasig City also left their offices following the quake.
The local government of Antipolo City also warned its residents to be vigilant after Phivolcs said aftershocks may be experienced.