Sunday, April 9, 2017

Unusual sequence of big tremors hit Batangas

The stronger tremor that hit Batangas was magnitude 6.0 at 3:09pm. It was supposed to be an aftershock expected  to follow shortly the magnitude 5.6 at 3:07pm. But it turned out to be stronger. Both were tectonic in origin with epicenters at west of Mabini,  Batangas.

The sequence of tremors appeared to be unusual.  The one that followed was stronger in magnitude. Phivolcs director Renato Solidum called the phenomenal sucession of quakes an " earthquake swarm." Both big tremors were felt in Metro Manila and provinces nearby, sending people out from their houses and buildings.  Some malls were reportedly forced to close right after the wave of strong tremors to avoid chaotic situation inside.

For the intensity readings reported to Phivolcs bulletin, please refer to the list  right below the imaged map (see below).  The strongest, Intensity 7,  was in Tingloy,  Batangas

At least 7 more aftershocks occured so far. 3 of which are quite strong tremors being above magnitude 4.0.

The extent of damage, if any, is yet to be known.

Phivolcs issued NO TSUNAMI ALERT after the strong quakes in Mabini,  Batangas.

Stay safe specially those near the epicenter and us all here in Metro Manila.

Next week is the observance of the Lenten season.  The Philippines Illustrated is giving a friendly advice to please differ any of your plan for Visita Iglesias this season of uncertainty.  The stability of old chuches might have been jeopardized by the series of strong shockwaves.  

Be safe.  

Stay safe

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Author of Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary - the first and only published Pinoy food and dining dictionary. The book won the national category as Philippine's finalist to the Gourmand Awards international food writing contest in Yantai, Shandong, China to be held in May 2017. A lexicographer who began to compile and wrote his first vernacular dictionaries at the age of 14. A collector of contemporary and vintage dictionaries, both local and foreign.  A linguist studying the many dialects you can find in the Philippines. A blogger maintaining at least 11 blog sites. A researcher of food culture, Pinoy pop culture, interesting places and structures in the country, local transportations, Philippine churches and other places of worship of any religion and beliefs, local anthropology, socio-cultural issues, and whatever interesting about the Philippines and the Filipinos. A visual artist who uses pencil, watercolor, pen, and fingers as medium of expression - once an editorial cartoonist of local broadsheet and campus publications. Created his first hand-made comics magazine and participated the Marian watercolor exhibits in his hometown parish while in high school. A photographer taking at least 2K photos a week in the field while on travel for almost two decades now.  A poet hiding most of the time. A low-profile historian studying continually the origins, history, and progression of many places in the country. A computer programmer who wrote the codes and designed the software application of his digital Cebuano-English dictionary and distributed it for free around the country and over the internet. A traveler who had been to all four corners of the Philippine archipelago, and still setting more footprints anywhere in the country.  A holder of professional driver's license once took the wheels for UBER. A home cook who loves to enhance, modify, elaborate, experiment if not invent more of  Pinoy dishes and delicacies.

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