Philippines struck by 5.7 magnitude quake

Office workers stand on the grounds of an office building in the financial district of Makati in Manila after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Philippines

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said quake swarm, or events where local area experiences sequences of many earthquakes striking in a relatively short period of time, is common in areas, which were previously hit by an natural disaster.

Landslides have been reported falliing from Mount Maculot, close to the where the quakes hit in Batangas. The Taal Polymedic Hospital and Medical Center was evacuated. "Let us not forward information from unverified sources that may cause undue alarm", Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

"It would be best if they will just stay inside their homes".

In Quezon, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Action Officer Dr. Henry Buzar said the earthquakes were felt in the province.

The Philippines is located in 'The Ring of Fire, ' where about 90-percent of the world's earthquakes take place.

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According to Phivolcs, the first two tremors generated Intensity VII in Mabini and Intensity VI in the municipalities of Calatagan, Nasugbu and Tingloy, all in Batangas.

"We have not monitored any incident of that nature", Eleazar said in a text message.

Phivolcs said Intensity 5 was documented in Batangas City, Sto.

Intesity V was felt in Batangas City, Santo Tomas and Lemery in Batangas City and in Tagaytay City.

Makati City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Muntinlupa City, Malabon City, and Bacoor in Cavite felt the natural disaster at Intensity 3, as a "weak tremor".

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Intensity 2 in Daet, Camarines Sur.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Calabarzon reported that the Philippine Coast Guard stationed at the Batangas Port issued the public advisory around 4 p.m. that all sea travels from Batangas to Mindoro and vice versa were temporarily suspended as aftershocks were experienced at the port.

Apart from the church, the municipal building also suffered a crack on the right side.

Major establishments and mall complexes, including the SM Southmall in Las Piñas City, ordered an evacuation due to strong aftershocks.

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