Earthquake today: Magnitude 6.1 tremor hits Calatagan, Batangas

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore Batangas on Sunday morning, May 22, 2022, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said it traced the epicenter of the earthquake 21 kilometers northwest of Calatagan in Batangas. It had a depth of 132 kilometers.

The earthquake, recorded at 5:50:49 AM, was of tectonic origin.

Some parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Bulacan and Laguna also experienced tremors.

Phivolcs added that damage and aftershocks may be expected.

Earthquake today: Magnitude 6.1 tremor hits Calatagan, Batangas

The following earthquake intensities were registered in these areas:

Reported Intensities:

Intensity III- Quezon City

Instrumental Intensities:

Intensity IV- Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Intensity III- Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Malolos City, Bulacan

Intensity II -Marikina City

Meanwhile, Phivolcs said "no destructive tsunami threat exists based on available data" after the earthquake.

Asked what may have caused the earthquake, Ishmael Narag, officer-in-charge of the Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring division of Phivolcs said it was the Eurasian Plate sliding against the Manila Trench.

"'Yung Eurasian Plate, bumubunggo sa Pilipinas, duma-dive pailalim sa Manila Trench," he said on Super Radyo dzBB interview.

— The Summit Express

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