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Residents evacuate as earthquake felt in Manila

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Dec 05, 2023 5:38 pm

An earthquake shook various parts of the Philippines on the afternoon of Dec. 5, coming just a day after Mindanao was struck with a stronger 6.9 earthquake.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) reported that the 5.9-magnitude tremor rattled the municipality of Lubang in Occidental Mindoro.

Aside from this, the institution also reported that a magnitude 2.8 earthquake was felt from Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, and a magnitude 1.6 tremor came from Calatagan, Batangas.

In response to the sudden shock, Filipinos have already taken emergency procedures to keep themselves safe from the disaster.

In pictures taken by The Philippine STAR, senators and employees evacuated the Senate building after an earthquake struck. They were currently in a hearing to determine the fate of the Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) after it allegedly committed several violations of its terms and conditions.

The University of Santo Tomas' The Varsitarian also shared pictures of students and employees being forced to vacate the buildings they were in after they were affected by the earthquake.

The earthquakes come on the heels of a stronger 6.9 earthquake that struck off the coast of the southern Philippines just before 4 a.m. local time, at a depth of 30 kilometers, some 72 kilometers northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. 

It followed a magnitude 6.6 earthquake on Sunday and a deadly magnitude 7.6 quake on Saturday in the same region, which had briefly triggered a tsunami alert. At least two people were killed and several were injured, authorities said.

This is a developing story. PhilSTAR L!fe will give updates on the situation as we learn more.