Magnitude 6.6 Quake Strikes South of Manila

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck 16 kilometers southwest of Calatagan, Batangas Philippines followed by a 5.5.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the first earthquake, which struck at around 4:49 am Saturday had a depth of 116 km and was felt as far away as Metro Manila and Visayas. 

It was immediately followed by a magnitude 5.1 quake at 4:57 a.m., which struck at a depth of 107 km.

There were reports of minor structural damage around the affected areas but no one was injured or killed.

“It’s very strong, we’re alarmed. It’s raining very hard here as well, but our people here are used to earthquakes. They’re aware of the duck, hold and cover when there’s an earthquake,” said Calatagan Police Chief PMajor Ronnie Aurellano.

The rail system in Metro Manila was briefly suspended after the quake but was soon restarted after no damage was found on tracks and carriages. 

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