EARTHQUAKE ALERT: Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Calatagan, Batangas

Phivolcs Says Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Calatagan, Batangas

EARTHQUAKE ALERT – The seismology agency Phivolcs reported that a powerful magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Calatagan, Batangas.

On Thursday morning (June 15, 2023), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the tranquil town of Calatagan in Batangas, Philippines, was shaken by a powerful magnitude 6.2 earthquake.

Phivolcs swiftly reported the seismic event, urging residents to remain vigilant and prepared for potential damage and aftershocks.

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake

The earthquake, originating from tectonic activity, occurred at 10:19 am (local time). The epicenter was located at 13.82°N, 120.59°E – 004 km S 73° west of Calatagan, with a depth of 103 kilometers.

While the immediate impact was felt most strongly in Calatagan, its tremors reverberated across the region, reaching parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. One of the areas significantly affected was Quezon City, where the earthquake registered an intensity of IV on the PHIVOLCS intensity scale.

This means that people indoors could feel the shaking, and objects may have swayed or fallen. The intensity level serves as a reminder of the earthquake’s strength and the potential for the damage it carried.

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake

Although immediate reports of damage or injuries were not available at the time of this writing, PHIVOLCS issued a warning that aftershocks and damage were expected. This emphasizes the importance of remaining cautious and taking appropriate safety measures in the aftermath of such an event.

Earthquakes are a natural occurrence in the Philippines due to the country’s position along the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area prone to tectonic activity. The region experiences frequent seismic events of varying magnitudes, making preparedness and resilience crucial for individuals, communities, and local authorities.

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