Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Luzon, Metro Manila on Christmas Day

    MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon and Metro Manila on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020.

    Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Luzon, Metro Manila on Christmas Day

    The exact time of occurrence was recorded at 07:43 a.m. with epicenter near Calatagan, Batangas.

    The earthquake that occurred has a tectonic origin with 102 km depth of focus.

    The strong quake was felt at Intensity IV in the following areas: Lemery, and Malvar, Batangas; San Pedro, Laguna; City of Manila; Marikina City; Quezon City; Cainta and Antipolo City, Rizal; Pasig City.

    Intensity III in Caloocan City; Tanay, Rizal; San Jose Del Monte City, and Plaridel, Bulacan; Gapan City, Nueva Ecija; Cabangan and Iba, Zambales; Samal, Bataan; Valenzuela City; Malabon City.

    Intensity II in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

    Instrumental Intensities

    Intensity IV - Bacoor City; Tagaytay City; Carmona, Cavite; Plaridel, Calumpit, San Ildefonso, San Rafael, and Malolos, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Las Pinas City

    Intensity III - Talisay, Batangas; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Dagupan City; Quezon City; Pasig City; Muntinlupa City; Marikina City; Cabanatuan City

    Intensity II - Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; Lucban, Quezon; Baler, Aurora; Palayan City

    Intensity I - San Jose, Nueva Ecija; Gumaca, Lopez and Lucena City, Quezon

    United States Geological Survey (USGS) also measured the tremor at Magnitude 6.3.

    Phivolcs is not expecting damage from the quake but warned of aftershocks.

    Aftershocks were recorded at 7:53 a.m. (Magnitude 3.2), 7:57 a.m. (Magnitude 3.0) and 8:09 a.m. (Magnitude 3.2).

    — The Summit Express

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