Quake hits Mindoro; aftershocks expected

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude-5.3 earthquake that hit Occidental Mindoro on Friday, March 9, is likely to produce aftershocks affecting surrounding areas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at around 4:03 a.m. Phivolcs located its epicenter 17 km southwest of Looc, Occidental Mindoro.

It was felt at intensity 3 in Quezon City, Manila, and Muntinlupa City; and at intensity 1 in Lucban, Quezon.

Phivolcs expects no damage after the quake, according to its 4:50 am bulletin.

For residents affected by earthquakes, Phivolcs has released an Earthquake Preparedness Guide listing the things one should do before, during, and after an earthquake. – Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.