6.2 Quake Strikes Central Luzon

An earthquake struck parts of Metro Manila and Central Luzon on Tuesday at 1:15 a.m., magnitude 6.2, according to the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute (Phivolcs); but the US Geological Service (USGS) recorded it at magnitude 5.9.

It was recorded at Intensity IV in Clark, Pampanga, Quezon City and the City of Manila; Intensity III in the cities of Makati, Pasig, Taguig, and Mandaluyong; and Intensity II in Baguio City.

It was also felt in surrounding areas like Cainta and San Mateo towns in Rizal. As of posting time, no one has reported any casualties or heavy damage.

USGS said the earthquake epicenter was 102 km west-northwest of Metro Manila; 24 km northwest of Olongapo City; 54 km west-southwest of Angeles City in Pampanga; and 108 km west-southwest of Cabanatuan City.

Phivolcs said the earthquake origin was tectonic and shallow (10 km below ground), with its epicenter 13 km northwest of Iba, Zambales.

USGS said it struck at a depth of 61.3 km.

Immediately after the quake, Twitter was abuzz with reports from affected YouScoopers. GMA News received reports that the earthquake was felt as far north as Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Baguio City, and up to Cavite and Laguna in the South.

People have tweeted that the earthquake lasted from as short as 10 seconds to as long as 30 seconds, causing tall buildings to shake.

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