Philippine Earthquake (July 26, 2011) 5.9 Magnitude Quake Jolts Luzon

Earthquake hits Philippines on July 26, 2011; 5.9 Magnitude quake jolts Luzon!

An earthquake has struck Luzon, Philippines, early Tuesday morning, July 26, 2011. The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that a Magnitude 5.9 temblor was recorded off 35 kilometers (km) SouthWest of Iba, Zambales at 1:15 a.m. and was felt in other areas in Luzon including Manila.

July 26, 2011 Philippine Earthquake Luzon Earthquake
The quake, which Phivolcs noted as tectonic in nature, has a depth of 30 km and was felt at stipulated intensities in the following areas:
  • Intensity IV - Clark, Pampanga; Quezon City; Manila; Alabang, Muntinlupa; Bacoor, Cavite; Obando, Bulacan;
  • Intensity III - Tagaytay; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Makati; Pasig; Taguig; Mandaluyong
  • Intensity II - Baguio City
Initial reports say no persons were injured and properties damaged.

Seismic activities after the first quake, specifically 3 aftershocks, were recorded within a 3-hour period, experts said. Strongest of the smaller quakes was at magnitude 4.0 that occurred at 3:10 a.m.; the other two occurences, which hit Iba, Zambales at 2:12 a.m. and 3:34 a.m. measured Richter Scale-readings of magnitude 3.9 and 2.8, respectively, Phivolcs added.