By Jan Carlo Anolin
A strong earthquake measuring magnitude 5.5 struck Quezon Province Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported.
The quake, which was tectonic in its origin, was traced 40 kilometers (km) northeast of Burdeos, Quezon Province and occurred at 4:28 p.m. It had a depth of 10 km.
PHIVOLCS reported a total of three aftershocks including a strong one measuring magnitude 5.1. It was detected 34 km northeast of the same area at 5:18 p.m. and had a depth of 11 km.
In its 5:33 p.m. advisory, Intensity V was felt in Polillo, Quezon while Quezon City experienced Intensity IV. Intensity II was also recorded in Guinayangan, Quezon.
Meanwhile, the following instrumental intensities were also registered in these areas:
Intensity IV – Polilio, Quezon
Intensity III – Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Marikina City;
Intensity II – Alabat, Guinayangan and Mauban, Quezon; Las Pinas City; Malolos City; San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Pasig City
Intensity I – Bacoor City; Baler, Aurora; San Juan City; Guagua, Pampanga
Some students in Metro Manila were quick to respond as they were ordered to go outside their school buildings and premises.
There were no reported injuries and damages as of this writing.