Magnitude 4.4 quake jolts Metro Manila, nearby provinces
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake was tectonic in origin and was felt in the following areas:
- Intensity III: Labo, Camarines Norte; Infanta, Quezon; Quezon City; Arayat, Pampanga
- Intensity II: Makati City; Taguig City; Muntinlupa City; Pasay City; Antipolo City; San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
- Intensity I: Caloocan City
The US Geological Survey, meanwhile, said on its website that the earthquake had a 4.9 magnitude with its epicenter traced to 9 kilometers off the eastern coast of Burdeos municipality in Polillo Island in Quezon province.
Interviewed on "24 Oras," Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said few aftershocks were to be expected from the quake and that these should not alarm the public.
"Hindi naman tayo umaasa ng maraming aftershocks sa ganitong klaseng lindol," he said, adding no damage was reported due to the quake.
"Kung ganito po ang intensity, hindi naman po ito nakakapinsala," he said,
He said the quake was brought about by moving tectonic plates underwater. "Ang naramdaman po rito ay... parang pag-dribble."
Solidum also said the quake was not strong enough to cause a tsunami. "Katatamtaman lang at hindi masyadong malaki para makapagpagalaw ng tubig," he said.
The tremor immediately caused a buzz among Filipino netizens. — Marc Jayson Cayabyab/KBK, GMA News