(Image grabbed from Phivolcs’ website)
MANILA – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake jolted Occidental Mindoro early Monday and was felt in parts of Luzon.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the tectonic quake struck 31 km. southeast of the municipality of Looc at 2:16 a.m.
It had a depth of 121 km.
Intensity IV was felt in Looc, Lubang, Mamburao, Paluan, and Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro; and Tagaytay City.
Intensity II, on the other hand, was felt in Makati City; Quezon City; Mandaluyong City; Malabon City; Muntinlupa City; and Pasig City.
The following instrumental intensities were also reported:
Intensity IV – Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Intensity III – San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Roxas, Oriental Mindoro
Intensity II – Bacoor City; Las Piñas City; Muntinlupa City; Calumpit and Plaridel, Bulacan; Dolores, Quezon; Carmona, Cavite
Intensity I – Marikina City; Quezon City; San Juan City; Guagua, Pampanga; Gumaca and Mauban, Quezon; Marilao and San Rafael, Bulacan; Talisay, Batangas
Reported Intensity is the traditional way of knowing the intensity based on reports by people who felt the earthquake, while instrumental intensity is being measured using intensity meters that measure ground acceleration, Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. explained earlier.
Aftershocks are possible from the magnitude 5.6 quake, but damages are not expected, according to Phivolcs.
Solidum earlier said Intensity V is not damaging yet on Phivolcs’ scale and that damage starts at Intensity VI. (PNA)