Earthquake hits Philippines on May 21: Judgment Day?

A magnitude-5.5 earthquake has struck the Philippines at 9:08 PM on Saturday, May 21, 2011. In a report, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the temblor was strongly felt in Ilagan, Isabela in Northern Luzon.

May 21 Philippine Earthquake judgment day
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the May 21 Philippine earthquake at magnitude-5.3 with a depth of 45.1 kilometers and a distance of 21 km northwest of Ilagan, Isabela, 153 km away from Baguio City and 305 km from Manila.

The reported intensities are as follows:
  • Intensity V - Ilagan, Isabela
  • Intensity IV- Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Penablanca, Cagayan; Quirino, Isabela; Tumawini, Isabela; Baler, Aurora
  • Intensity II - Baguio City; Tabuk, Kalinga
Apart from the paranoia it created among believers of “cult leader” and “false prophet” Harold Camping for occuring coincidentally on the same day which he predicted as Judgment Day, there were no reported damages caused by the May 21 Philippine earthquake.