5.2 magnitude quake jolts northern Mindoro, other parts of Luzon

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook the northern area of Mindoro island at midnight on Saturday, April 29, and was felt as far away as Subic and Olongapo City, seismologists said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury from the tectonic quake that centered 16 kilometers northwest of Calintaan in Occidental Mindoro. It had a depth of focus of 44 kilometers, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The earthquake was felt at different intensities across a wide area of the Philippines.

Phivolcs reported that Sablayan and Rizal in Occidental Mindoro felt the strongest shaking at Intensity V, while San Jose and Paluan in the same province, as well as Puerto Galera, Calapan City, and San Teodoro in Oriental Mindoro, felt shaking at Intensity IV.

The cities of Manila, Las Piñas, Lipa, and Batangas City, Lubang, and Abra De Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, as well as Alfonso in Cavite, experienced shaking at Intensity III. Meanwhile, Quezon City, Pasig City, Marikina City, Makati City, Valenzuela City, Bacoor in Cavite, and Looc in Occidental Mindoro felt the earthquake at Intensity II.

The City of General Trias in Cavite reported feeling the earthquake at Intensity I.

Phivolcs also reported instrumental intensities, with Puerto Galera and Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro feeling shaking at Intensity IV, while Lemery and Calatagan in Batangas, San Ildefonso in Bulacan, the City of Tagaytay, and Magallanes in Cavite, as well as Las Piñas in Metro Manila, experienced shaking at Intensity III.

Abucay in Bataan, Batangas City, Cuenca, San Luis, Bauan, Laurel, and Sta. Teresita in Batangas, the City of Malolos, Marilao, Guiguinto, Calumpit, and Pulilan in Bulacan, Ternate in Cavite, Abra De Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, and Victoria in Oriental Mindoro felt shaking at Intensity II.

Finally, Dinalupihan in Bataan, Lipa and Talisay in Batangas, Norzagaray and Obando in Bulacan, the City of San Juan, Pasay City, Malabon City, Parañaque City, and Pateros in Metro Manila, Guagua in Pampanga, Gumaca and Dolores in Quezon, Cardona, Angono, and Taytay in Rizal, and San Antonio, Cabangan, Subic, and City of Olongapo in Zambales experienced shaking at Intensity I.

Phivolcs initially put its magnitude at 5.5.

The Philippines is situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region known for frequent seismic and volcanic activity. As such, earthquakes are common in the country, and residents should always be prepared for such events.

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