The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said two earthqaukes-within seconds of each other rocked the Philippines today, March 25, 2010. The first quake was a 6.0 magnitude and the second was 6.1 magnitude.
No Tsunami warnings have been or are expected to be issued.
Manila Earthquake: 6.1 Magnitude Quake Strikes Philippines
The 6.1 earthquake was centered off Lubang Island in Mindoro Occidental province approximately 80 miles west-southwest of Manila, Philippines and had a depth of 21 miles.
Thankfully there have been no reports of damage or injuries at this time.
Some residents say the event passed quietly, while others state there was panic and some shoving in the taller buildings that swayed.
A magnitude 7.7 quake killed almost 2000 people on the island of Luzon in 1990. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake generated a Tsunami that killed 78 people on Mindoro in 1994.
Earthquakes are not uncommon in the area. The Philippine archipelago lies in what is known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. The Pacific Ocean is to the east and the South China Sea is to the west with undersea trenches.
The stats below are from the USGS:
PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE OF VOLCANOLOGY AND SEISMOLOGY
EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION NO. : 3
PHIVOLCS Bldg, C.P. Garcia Avenue, U.P.- Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES
Tel.: 426-1468 Fax: 927-1087
Date/Time : 25 Mar 2010 – 01:29 PM
Location : 13.79ºN,119.89ºE – 27 kms. S 73° W of LUBANG (LUBANG ISLAND)
Depth of Focus (Km) : 025 (Shallow)
Origin : TECTONIC
Magnitude (Ms) : 6.0
Intensity V – Looc, Lubang Island (Occidental Mindoro); Manila City
Intensity IV – Quezon City; Mandaluyong City; Makati City; Pasay City; Talisay,Batangas; Taguig City; Pasig City
Intensity III – Bagac, Bataan; Canlubang, Laguna; Clark, Pampanga; Rosario, Trece Martires, Cavite; Marikina City; Tagaytay City
Intensity II – Calamba, Laguna; Legaspi City; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Expecting Damage : NO
Expecting Aftershocks : YES
Issued On : 25 Mar 2010 – 02:08 PM
Prepared by : SOEPD
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We are just extremely grateful that there are no injuries or casualties to report in what seems like an endless outbreak of world-wide earthquakes.