Hundreds flee after three strong quakes strike Philippines

Kelly Massey
April 10, 2017

Patients at the Jesus of Nazareth Hospital, Batangas City Medical Center, St. Patrick Hospital and Golden Gate Hospital, had to be evacuated due to damage to hospital structures, he said.

A series of earthquakes struck the Philippines province of Batangas on Saturday, causing damages and leaving some areas without power. "From the town hall, I can't see any damage so we need to validate these reports (of damage)", he said.

The quakes about 90km south of the capital Manila occurred over a period of about 20 minutes, said the USGS.

Intensity 3 was felt in Makati City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Muntinlupa City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City and Bacoor, Cavite.

Meanwhile, netizens immediately flooded social media with tweets and reports of the quake, with some even relating it to global band Coldplay's concert. Daet, Camarines Sur felt Intensity 2. The quake was followed by three weaker quakes with magnitudes 3.5 to 4.7.

Office workers stand on the grounds of an office building in the financial district of Makati in Manila on April 8, 2017, after a 5.7 magnitude natural disaster.

The second quake, two minutes after the first quake, was recorded around 3:09 p.m. with its epicenter located 12 km northwest of Mabini, Batangas.

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In Quezon, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Action Officer Dr. Henry Buzar said the earthquakes were felt in the province. The DSWD also gave 10,000 bottles of energy drinks, 5,000 servings of ready-to-eat arroz caldo, and 20 tents for affected hospitals.

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

Luces said one was reported injured from the quake - a male worker of a glass and aluminum shop who sustained injuries from broken glass.

The first tremor last Saturday, measuring magnitude 5.6, was recorded at 3:07 p.m.

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

Employees, tenants and customers of two big malls in Lucena City were evacuated to the parking area while awaiting the advisory of local disaster agencies.

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