Quakes crack buildings, panic tourists in Philippine town

Tomas Mccoy
April 10, 2017

Solidum also debunked claims that the series of earthquakes in Batangas were a "sign" of an incoming 8.0-magnitude quake and said there was no evidence of a connection with any activity at Taal Volcano.

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

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".

Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), said they did not receive reports of people panicking or damage to property.

"Let us not forward information from unverified sources that may cause undue alarm", spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

The image of Jesus Christ at the Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion Church in Batangas City is unscathed when Batangas City civil security officers Celso Hataas and Michael Baitarin went to check for structural damage but the ceiling of the church gave way to the tremors of an Intensity 7 quake that hit Batangas province at 3 p.m. yesterday leaving Batangas city without electricity.

The Philippines is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where about 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur. Out of fear, they stayed in front of the town hall but returned this (Sunday) morning.

He did not discount the possibility of more tremors of similar intensity in the coming weeks as he warned residents in affected areas to remain vigilant.

Boulders rendered roads in Barangay Pagkilatan, Batangas City impassable.

Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the earthquakes were not strong enough to generate a tsunami threat to the coastal towns of Batangas. Daet, Camarines Sur felt Intensity 2.

The famous Taal Basilica, or the Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, suffered another crack, this time a bigger one at the façade.

"The quake was stronger", Mercado said.

"We are also monitoring the Taal Volcano".

The first tremor last Saturday, measuring magnitude 5.6, was recorded at 3:07 p.m.

The quake was felt in other municipalities like Mabini, Cuenca, Agoncillo, Bauan, and Taal, where landslides in several barangays were reported and some roads became impassable.

Other reports by Ligue1talk

Discuss This Article