Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks parts of Luzon, Visayas

Raffy Cabristante, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2022 01:39 PM | Updated as of Dec 07 2022 03:50 PM

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks parts of Luzon, Visayas

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook parts of Luzon and Visayas, including Metro Manila, on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake struck off Tinaga Island in Vinzons, Camarines Norte at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday.

At a depth of 1 kilometer, the tectonic quake was felt at Intensity II in Quezon City, Phivolcs said.

Phivolcs also recorded the following instrumental intensities. 

  • Intensity V - Mercedes, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
  • Intensity IV - Daet, Camarines Norte; Guinayangan, Polillo, Quezon
  • Intensity III - Ragay, Pili, Iriga City, Camarines Sur; Mauban, Lopez, Mulanay, Alabat, Gumaca, Quezon
  • Intensity II - Tabaco, Albay; Dingalan, Aurora; Batangas City, Batangas; Calumpit, Plaridel, Pulilan, Marilao, San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Sagnay, Camarines Sur; Carmona, Cavite; Marikina City, Pasig City, Metro Manila; Gapan City, Nueva Ecija; Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro; Guagua, Pampanga; Infanta, Pangasinan; Dolores, Infanta, Calauag, Quezon; Taytay, Tanay, Rizal 
  • Intensity I - Legazpi City, Albay; Bulakan, Santa Maria, Guiguinto, Obando, Malolos City, Pandi, Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan; Tagaytay City, Ternate, Cavite; Candon, Ilocos Sur; Calamba, Los Banos, Laguna; Malabon City, Pasay, Quezon City, Muntinlupa City, San Juan City, Metro Manila; Mapanas, Northern Samar; San Antonio, Gabaldon, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Tayabas, Lucena City, Quezon; Angono, Morong, Antipolo, Cainta, Rizal

The quake could spawn aftershocks, though no damage was expected, Phivolcs said. 

Two aftershocks have since been recorded since the initial tremor, a magnitude 2.9 quake at 2:15 p.m., and another magnitude 3.0 quake at around 2:51 p.m.

IMPACT, EVACUATIONS

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A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

A strong quake prompted evacuations in various offices and schools.

The earthquake disrupted the operations of several government offices across Luzon. 

Employees of the Malacañang Palace and Senate were told to evacuate after the tremor. 

"Evacuation underway," Sen. JV Ejercito said in a tweet at around 1:20 p.m.

The Commission on Appointments also suspended its deliberations on the appointment of Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista due to the quake. 

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Students at Araullo High School and Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila also exited school premises.

Elsewhere, local governments told their employees to evacuate from their offices, while authorities inspected the structural integrity of the buildings. 

Caloocan City employees were instructed to gather at their People's Park, while employees of the San Simon town government in Pampanga saw swaying chandeliers as they were told to leave their offices.

A chandelier at the San Simon municipal hall in Pampanga sways amid the strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake that struck off Camarines Norte on Dec. 7, 2022. Gracie Rutao

Despite the strong earthquake, the power supply in Luzon remained normal, according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

The Luzon grid remained intact, as there were no reported power interruptions or damage to transmission lines following the quake.

As a result of the tremor, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) temporarily suspended all of its trips on Wednesday.

"Pansamantalang suspendido ang lahat ng mga biyahe ng PNR dahil sa lindol. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pang-unawa," the company said in its advisory.

— With reports from Pia Gutierrez, Job Manahan, Sherrie Ann Torres, Gracie Rutao, Robert Mano, and Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News