Calatagan, Batangas — Thursday, June 15th, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook Batangas and was felt in some parts of Metro Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was at Calatagan, Batangas, 4 kilometers southwest of the area.
The quake happened at 10:19 a.m. and was due to the movement in the Manila Trench, located offshore west of Luzon Island, which is parallel to the Philippine archipelago and runs from Taiwan to Occidental Mindoro. The seismic event had a depth of 103 kilometers, according to Phivolcs.
While no tsunami warning was issued by Phivolcs, the public was warned to be cautious as aftershocks may occur. The earthquake could have caused damage to houses, buildings, and other infrastructure.
Phivolcs has also reported that Quezon City felt the tremor with an intensity of IV, described as moderately strong. With the possibility of aftershocks and property damage, residents are advised to take necessary precautions.
Calatagan in Batangas is known to have experienced historical earthquakes, with the most recent and memorable event happening on April 4, 2021. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake caused damage to some structures, and a few people were injured.
As of this writing, there is no report yet of any casualty or damage, but authorities are closely monitoring the situation.
In the meantime, Phivolcs will continue to provide updates on the situation, including any aftershocks that may occur. The public is advised to stay informed and vigilant and to follow safety protocols set in place by their respective local governments. Stay tuned for more updates regarding this developing story.