5.4-magnitude quake rocks Metro Manila, nearby provinces



MANILA, Philippines, May 11 ------ A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces early yesterday but there were no reports of damage or injuries, state seismologists said. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake occurred at 3:18 a.m. and was centered 22 kilometers northeast of Lubang town in Occidental Mindoro where it was classified as strong. Intensity 4 or moderately strong was felt in the cities of Makati, Manila, Navotas, Las Piñas and Parañaque; Taal and Lemery in Batangas; General Trias and Imus City in Cavite, and at Obando town in Bulacan. Intensity 3 was felt in Looc and Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan City and Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Calatagan and Lipa City, Batangas; the cities of Malabon, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Taguig and the municipality of Pateros, in Metro Manila; the cities of Tagaytay, Bacoor and Dasmariñas in Cavite; Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; and Lubao, Pampanga. Intensity 2 was felt in San Juan City and Caloocan City; the cities of Gapan, Palayan and Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija; Baler, Aurora; and Alaminos City, Pangasinan. In San Jose City and Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija and Guinayangan in Quezon, it was felt at Intensity 1. Phivolcs said the quake was expected to generate aftershocks. Science Undersecretary and Phivolcs officer-in-charge Renato Solidum Jr. said the quake in Lubang was triggered by a movement along the Manila Trench. Source: philstar.com