6.2-magnitude quake shakes west of Manila

25 Mar

While John Q was giving his demands to the Chicago Police, our focus and silence was broken by the words, “Uyy, Sir! Lumilindol…”. My Philosophy Teacher paused the movie while my classmates were holding their armchair, looking around the room and some were making fun out of it. I didn’t know what to do and something inside me pushed me to utter the words, “Lord, spare us and keep us safe!”

Almost 30 seconds passed and the class made it all in one piece. The irritating fire alarm sounded and the white light kept on flashing like a Nikon SB900 TTL flash. After that, everyone went out of the classroom, my prof pulled out his flash disk and some were yelling, “Yohoo! Free-cut na!”.

In just few minutes, Taft Avenue was filled with Benildeans. Students then re-entered the campus and below are the links i found about the said Earthquake:

MANILA, Philippines – A 6.2-magnitute earthquake struck west of Manila on Thursday, the seismology institute reported, causing buildings in the Philippine capital to shake and sending frightened workers out of their offices.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no tsunami alert was issued. Buildings in Manila shook for about 30 seconds.

“Essentially, this would not trigger significant damage,” said seismology institute Director Renato Solidum.

He said the quake was centered off Lubang Island in Mindoro Occidental province, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of Manila, six miles (10 kilometers) under the seabed.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.1 and depth at 21 miles (33 kilometers).
Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council said it had no immediate information on damage or injuries after the quake, which struck at around 1:30 pm (0530 GMT). There was also no immediate warning of a tsunami.
Source: ALertNet

The last major quake registered a magnitude 7.7 in 1990 and killed nearly 2,000 people on the main northern island of Luzon.A 7.1-magnitude earthquake set off by a local fault whipped up a tsunami that killed 78 people on Mindoro in 1994.
Source: JournalGazette

The quake was felt at intensity V in Looc, Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro; intensity IV in Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Clark, Pampanga; and intensity II in Bagac, Bataan and Canlubang, Laguna, Phivolcs said.

Aftershocks are expected, although the quake is not expected to generate tsunamis because “it was not too strong,” Phivolcs added.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude 6.1
Location 13.744°N, 120.069°E
Depth 72.4 km (45.0 miles)
Distances 105 km (65 miles) W of Batangas, Luzon, Philippines
120 km (75 miles) S of Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines
125 km (80 miles) WNW of Calapan, Mindoro, Philippines
135 km (85 miles) SW of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.9 km (5.5 miles); depth +/- 13 km (8.1 miles)
Parameters NST= 49, Nph= 49, Dmin=423.4 km, Rmss=1.2 sec, Gp= 40°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Event ID us2010ugaf

Source: USGS

Let us all pray for the Philippines.
Be informed on how we can lessen the casualties.

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