Earthquake of Magnitude 5.3 Hit Quezon Province, Felt Throughout Luzon

It happened Friday afternoon and the epicenter was found to be near Burdeos, Quezon Province and was at a depth of 10 kilometers

  • Quezon province was shook by an earthquake measured at magnitude 5.3 on Friday afternoon
  • The quake’s epicenter was found to be near the town of Burdeos and at a depth of 10 kilometers
  • The quake was felt Metro Manila and nearby provinces but there is no fear of a tsunami warning

Manila, Philippines – Friday afternoon of September 13, 2019 was going on well when all of a sudden, a strong earthquake occurred around 4:28 PM and its epicenter was found to be near Quezon Province.

From a report by ABS-CBN, The epicenter itself was northeast of the town of Burdeos and it was initially measured at magnitude 5.5, and was detected to be around 10 kilometers in depth.

The epicenter of the quake was detected northeast of the town of Burdeos, Quezon on Friday afternoon.

The quake was strong enough that Metro Manila, along with nearby provinces, was able to feel the earth shake which prompted establishments to evacuate from their buildings. It was strongest at Burdeos, Infanta, Los Baños in Laguna, as well as Pakil, where it was measured to be Intensity 5.

Other places that physically felt the quake were:

  • Intensity 4: Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Marikina City; Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Alabat and Gen. Nakar, Quezon City
  • Intensity 3: Guinayangan, Quezon; Muntinlupa City; City of Manila, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; Bacoor, Cavite; Maddela, Quirino; San Mateo, Rizal; Baler, Aurora; Lucena City
  • Intensity 2: Dingalan, Aurora; Mandaluyong City; Apalit, Pampanga; Taguig City, Lucban, Quezon
  • Intensity 1: San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Gapan City; Meycauayan, Bulacan

Phivolcs monitored the quakes and detected that another one occurred around 34 kilometers northeast of Burdeos at magnitude 2.4.

Students of University of Sto. Tomas evacuated during the quake. Image credit: Rappler

Aftershocks occurred as well and one of them was recorded at magnitude 4.7. The places that felt the earth shake that time were:

  • Intensity 5: Polilio, Quezon
  • Intensity 4: Quezon City
  • Intensity 3: San Juan City; Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Dinangalan, Aurora; Pasig City; Mandaluyong City; Taguig City
  • Intensity 2: Guinayangan, Quezon; Pakil, Laguna; Makati City

Classes were suspended and buildings were evacuated during the time of the quake, including Malacañang Palace. There were no reported casualties nor damage to property due to the quake.

Image credit: @arianne_merez/Twitter

It can be recalled that a number of earthquakes happened, with one with magnitude 5.6 near North Cotabato and one that happened last April, near Zambales, which was recorded at magnitude 6.1, which greatly affected places like Clark Airport, Pampanga.


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Written by Drew Tetangco

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