Fears as Philippines struck by THREE EARTHQUAKES in just 20 minutes

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake

Garcia disclosed that one man was wounded by pieces of broken glass in his working area in a glass and aluminum shop in Mabini town, where the epicenter of the quake was traced.

Intensity 5 was recorded at Batangas City, Lemery and Sto.

Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in a radio interview the epicenter of the quake that struck 3:07 p.m. was 2 km northwest or west of Mabini town in Batangas province.

He did not discount the possibility of more tremors of similar intensity in the coming weeks as he warned residents in affected areas to remain vigilant. The quake was felt the strongest in Mabini at intensity 7.

"Let us not forward information from unverified sources that may cause undue alarm", spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

"We were also told about power outage in some parts of Kawit, Cavite, and Batangas City", said Marasigan.

THE strong earthquakes that hit Batangas last Saturday caused "minor" damage although almost 6,000 persons had to evacuate because of fear, Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC executive director and concurrent administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, said yesterday.

Boulders rendered roads in Barangay Pagkilatan, Batangas City impassable. Intensity 4 was reported at Dasmariñas, Cavite, Lucena in Quezon and in Pateros.

They say the quakes were felt in outlying provinces, including in Manila, the capital, where people rushed out of buildings and hotels in panic as the ground shook. An Intensity 4 tremor is felt "generally by people indoors and some people outdoors".

House Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, who represents Batangas' second district which was hardest hit by the natural disaster, said his constituents are in "dire need of tents, food and water".

Several schools suspended classes Saturday, including the University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University and Far Eastern University.

In Batangas, commuters at the Batangas City port fled the passenger terminal, while the Taal Basilica suffered a bigger crack in its façade.

Jalad, who led an ocular inspection of the stricken areas yesterday, said he and other officials were at the town hall of Mabini, and they did not see any major damage around the area. People were allowed back in after a few minutes.

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