Tsunami fears as Philippines struck by THREE EARTHQUAKES in just 20 minutes

Saturday, April 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

AN EARTHQUAKE measuring 5.9 magnitude has struck the Philippines, the US Geological Survey has said – the third and strongest quake to hit the archipelago in the space of 20 minutes.

Sat, Apr 8, 2017

The quake struck near Batangas in Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Philippines.

Hundreds of residents in the coastal province fled to higher ground in fear of a tsunami caused by the quakes.

Office workers in the capital of Manila, about 68 miles away, were seen rushing out of buildings after feeling the tremors.

Movement was also felt in Batangas, Cavite and Quezon Province.

Landslides have been reported falliing from Mount Maculot, close to the where the quakes hit in Batangas.

So far, there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

The USGS said the quake was at a depth of 42.7 km (27 miles), Reuters reported.

The region has been experiencing tremors since earlier this week.

According to Update Philippines, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recorded the earthquake from Mabini, Batangas around 3:07 pm on Saturday at Magnitude 5.6.

PHIVOLCS had earlier recorded a Magnitude 4.1 earthquake, felt mainly in Mindoro and Batangas, originating from Mabini, Batangas – an aftershock of a 5.5 magnitude earthquake on April 4.

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