MANILA, Philippines —Fear was apparent in the faces of employees in different government offices this afternoon when a magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked Batangas, and was felt in Metro Manila.
Employees of the Department of Justice and the Senate immediately rushed outside their respective buildings.
Members of the media and personnel of the new executive building of Malacañang also did the same.
Students of the University of Santo Tomas running to the open field were captured and posted on the Facebook page of Varsitarian.
The Philippine National Railways cancelled a number of trips this afternoon while its personnel conducted inspections of roads and railways for damages.
Some schools in Luzon cancelled classes in fear of aftershocks.
The earthquake was tectonic in origin with a depth of 160 kilometers.
Intensity 4 was felt in Calapan, Mindoro; Subic, Zambales; Rosario, Cavite; Manila City and Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
Intensity 3 in Pateros City; Quezon City; Makati City; Malolos, Bulacan; Cainta, Rizal; Calamba and Laguna.
A lower intensity was felt in Pampanga, Bulacan, and Quezon.
Meanwhile, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said it doesn’t expect an earthquake of such intensity could cause huge damage due to its depth.
The agency clarified that the earthquake came from separate parts of the west valley fault, where the feared “big one” might someday occur according to experts.
PHIVOLCS Earthquake Monitoring Division OIC, Ishmael Narag said “This is not related to the magnitude 7.2 fault that passes through Metro Manila. This is related to the plate that was fractured along the Manila Trench that went under Metro Manila.
PHIVOLCS expects few aftershocks in the succeeding hours. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue