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Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Hundreds flee after three strong quakes strike Philippines

Hundreds flee after three strong quakes strike Philippines

In an interview with PNA, OCD Calabarzon public information officer Georgina Garcia said the coast guard authorities later lifted the advisory and port operations resumed.

Renato Solidum, chief of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said the series of earthquakes felt in Batangas can be considered an "earthquake swarm".

The strongest quake is reported to be at a depth of 27 miles (43km). It originated one kilometer (km) southwest of Mabini, Batangas.

Intesity V was felt in Batangas City, Santo Tomas and Lemery in Batangas City and in Tagaytay City.

Tremors were also felt in Metro Manila cities of Makati, Pasay, Quezon Muntinlupa, Pateros and Malabon.

Three powerful earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 5.0 to 5.9 struck the Philippines main island Luzon on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Patients were brought out of a hospital amid alarm over aftershocks.

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The earthquakes yesterday came four days after Tuesday's magnitude 5.5 tremor, also with Batangas as epicenter.

The USGS said the quakes were also felt in Calapan in Mindoro province, Batangas Province, and the capital of Manila.

"We were also told about power outage in some parts of Kawit, Cavite, and Batangas City", said Marasigan.

"It is not a major quake at all but it could be an natural disaster swarm since the magnitudes' numbers are close with each other", Solidum told radio station dzMM. "The people were afraid the earthquakes would generate a tsunami". The quakes' epicenter was traced in Mabini, Batangas.

Aftershocks are still possible after the swarm of quakes, he said, advising Batangas residents to remain in their homes. "We are still observing the situation after the natural disaster since there are still aftershocks", PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said.

The old Saint Martin of Tours Basilica or Taal Basilica suffered damage on its façade.

"The quake was stronger", Mercado said.

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