Hundreds flee after three strong quakes strike Philippines

Posted April 10, 2017

"The DSWD continues to extend relief assistance to families affected by the quake in Batangas and nearby provinces", said Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo in a statement.

Hundreds of residents of coastal areas in a province south of the Philippine capital fled to higher ground fearing a tsunami on Saturday after a series of earthquakes on the main island of Luzon.

The first quake measuring 5.6-magnitude struck at around 3:07 p.m. yesterday.

Intensity 6 or "very strong" tremor was recorded in Calatagan, Tingloy, and Nasugbu in Batangas.

The network also broadcast live footage of frightened commuters fleeing the passenger terminal at the Port of Batangas.

According to Luces, cracks were seen on the laboratory walls of the Taal Polymedic Hospital and a residential house was reportedly damaged.

OCD urged the local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) and the public to closely monitor Phivolcs and NDRRMC advisories and bulletins, especially on monitoring aftershocks and rapid damage assessments.

Batangas province was placed under a state of calamity after the April 5 quake.

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A Reuters reporter felt a tremor for over a minute in the Makati business district of Manila.

The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where numerous world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

"We have no reports of casualties so far", said Romina Marasigan, the agency spokeswoman. "So there is no need to conduct relief operation", he also said.

House Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, who represents Batangas' second district which was hardest hit by the natural disaster, said his constituents are in "dire need of tents, food and water". "We just stayed inside and waited for it to subside", the officer said in a phone interview.

The third quake was felt at about 3:29 p.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, said Gianan.

Apart from the church, the municipal building also suffered a crack on the right side.

Kristofferson Vidad, a science research assistant at Phivolcs, said that as of 8 a.m. yesterday, 983 aftershocks from Tuesday's quake have been recorded. People were allowed back in after a few minutes.