Multiple earthquakes strike Philippines province

Some areas of the Philippines province of Batangas lost power and experienced minor damage after a series of earthquakes struck the area on Saturday.Photo courtesy of Philippines Red Cross/Facebook

April 8 (UPI) — A series of earthquakes struck the Philippines province of Batangas on Saturday, causing damages and leaving some areas without power.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded the first tremor northwest of the city of Mabini at 3:07 p.m., followed by a second stronger quake at 3:09 p.m. with a 6.0 magnitude. No serious injuries were reported immediately.

A third quake with a magnitude of 4.1 occurred almost two hours later at 4:43 p.m.

After the series of quakes, Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas said Batangas City, Bauan, and Mabini were left without electricity.

Mandanas said only minor damages were reported in the areas affected by the quakes and no evacuations had taken place.

The Philippine Red Cross shared photos of the damages and sent 30 tents and 3 generator sets to Batangas Chapter as well as additional manpower, one emergency vehicle and a 6×6 truck.

A team of Red Cross workers was dispatched to Batangas City to assist people experiencing fainting and dizziness.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Renato Solidum Jr. said the first quake originated at the Batangas fault, while the other two quakes originated at the Manila Trench and were not related to the first.

He said residents should be wary of possible aftershocks and smaller quakes, but said a tsunami is unlikely.

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