Three quakes hit Philippines – is your family safe?

quakes ranged in magnitude from 5.0 to 5.9 and struck Batangas province

Illustrative Image credit: US Geological Survey, USGS

MANILA 9 April 2017: Three strong earthquakes struck the Philippines main island of Luzon on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported. Is your family safe?

The quakes ranged in magnitude from 5.0 to 5.9 and struck Batangas province, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of the capital Manila. The quakes happened over a 20 minute period, the USGS said.

Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the event was an “earthquake swarm” in a local faultline but had not been powerful enough to cause a tsunami.=, said Wam.

“These swarms are natural occurrences and we do not expect a big quake in this area,” he said.

By Angel Chan