CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba City April 5, 2017 (PNA) — Around 16 aftershocks were felt as of 1 a.m. today following the 5.4-magnitude earthquake, with epicenter at Tingloy, Batangas, that struck Region 4 provinces and Metro Manila Tuesday night.
Calabarzon Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) regional director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Chair Olivia Luces reported this morning that Intensity II and III were felt in some areas in Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and Quezon.
Luces said the quake, whose epicenter was located around seven kilometers northeast of Tingloy town, also triggered intermittent power interruptions in some parts of Batangas.
She said minor damages were reported in some business establishments in Batangas City such as the 7-Eleven convenience shop, Mang Inasal fastfood, and Puregold supermarket.
As of Wednesday, the iconic Taal Basilica in Batangas sustained minor damages but the parishioners said masses and church activities continued this morning.
The Calabarzon OCD-RDRRMC also reported intermittent power interruption in San Pascual town in Batangas.
Luces said the towns of Mabini, Tingloy, Lemery, and San Luis, Batangas are currently conducting pre-emptive evacuation in coastal areas for fear of tsunamis and advised residents to take extra precautions.
The local government also said the earthquake is not expected to trigger tsunamis.
The OCD advised local government units here to closely monitor earthquake bulletins.
The OCD-RDRRMC regional official also asked the Calabarzon local disaster and risk reduction officers to give situation updates and their Rapid Damage Assessments.
Luces said LDRRMOs were advised to control and prevent the spreading of false information which may cause panic.
The Laguna provincial government has also suspended classes today to facilitate and conduct province-wide structural assessment for all school buildings and facilities.
The provinces of Cavite, Laguna, and Quezon have been directed to closely monitor the situation arising from aftershocks and other related incidents, although no significant damages were reported as of press time. (Saul E. Pa-a and Robert Maico/PNA)