Magnitude 6 earthquake wakes Luzon, Metro Manila

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MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Luzon and parts of Metro Manila early Sunday morning, with its epicenter in San Antonio, Zambales.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS), the magnitude 6 earthquake originated in the southwest area of San Antonio, Zambales at 3:32 AM on Sunday, January 11, 2015.


The earthquake was felt throughout Luzon, with the highest intensity of 5 in Zambales and Pampanga.

Second hardest hit was Metro Manila and Calabarzon, which recorded an intensity of 4.

Baguio, Batangas, and Mindoro were least affected with an intensity of 2.

Below is a snapshot of the latest intensity report from PHILVOLCS:

  • Intensity V – San Antonio, Botolan, Subic, San Felipe and San Narciso, Zambales; Olongapo City
  • Intensity IV – Pateros City; Pasig City; Manila City; Quezon City; Makati City; Paranaque City; Malabon City; Pasay City; San Mateo, Binangonan and Montalban, Rizal; Hagonoy and Obando, Bulacan; Dagupan City; Lingayen, Pangasinan; Indang and Kawit Cavite; Bacolor, Angeles City and Clark, Pampanga; Mariveles, Bataan; Pakil and Los Baños, Laguna
  • Intensity III – Tagaytay City; San Miguel, Tarlac; Baler, Aurora; Gapan, Nueva Ecija; Santa Barbara, Pangasinan
  • Intensity II – Baguio City; Batangas City; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

The strength of the earthquake woke many people in affected areas who were sleeping.


According to the earthquake intensity scale from PHILVOLCS, an earthquake with intensity of 5 is strong enough to awaken those who are asleep. Strong shaking will be felt in buildings, causing people to run outdoors in fright.

Intensity V (Strong): Generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors. Many sleeping people are awakened. Some are frightened, some run outdoors. Strong shaking and rocking felt throughout building. Hanging objects swing violently. Dining utensils clatter and clink; some are broken. Small, light and unstable objects may fall or overturn. Liquids spill from filled open containers. Standing vehicles rock noticeably. Shaking of leaves and twigs of trees are

Areas in the Philippines hit by the earthquake should brace for aftershocks, warns the PHILVOLCS report.

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