On Thursday, the Philippines were hit by an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey; however, there were no immediate indications of damage.
The earthquake hit at a depth of 112 kilometers (77 miles) at around 10:00 am (0200 GMT) in the seas off the town of Calatagan, which is approximately three hours’ drive from the capital city of Manila.
Emil Mendoza, head of police in Calatagan, and his employees, he said, hurried outdoors after the tremor, which was also felt throughout the country’s highly populated heartland, including in Manila. Mendoza claimed the tremor was felt in Calatagan.
“It was a little on the robust side. We were forced to flee the building,” Mendoza explained to the AFP.
Mendoza reported that disaster officials had been mobilized to investigate the effects of the earthquake, even though there had been no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
According to Ronald Torres, the Calatagan disaster officer, the earthquake lasted between thirty seconds and one minute.
Due to the depth of the earthquake, the seismological agency of the state issued a warning about aftershocks but did not predict any tsunami waves.
The earthquake caused residents of the capital city to flee the buildings in a panic.
According to the department of transportation for the country, the runways and taxiways at Ninoy Aquino International Airport were temporarily stopped so that inspectors could check for any damage to the pavement.
In addition, service on the metro system serving the nation’s capital was suspended as inspectors looked for signs of damage to the rails.
Images that were posted on social media and later verified by the AFP showed a crane truck at a port in Manila swaying violently as a result of the earthquake.
According to the information officer at the civil defense office, Diego Mariano, the authorities are still determining the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake.
“As of this moment, there have been no serious casualties or damage reported as of the time of this report. “The assessment is still in progress,” Mariano said in a communication to the press.
The Philippines, which is located along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which is an arc of strong seismic and volcanic activity that spans from Japan to Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin, experiences earthquakes on a daily basis. This is due to the fact that the Pacific “Ring of Fire” lays along the Philippine archipelago.
In October 2013, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Bohol Island in the middle of the Philippines. This earthquake caused landslides, which resulted in the deaths of over 200 people.
Several ancient churches in the region of the Philippines that is considered to be the cradle of Catholicism were severely destroyed. Due to the earthquake, tens of thousands of homes were damaged and about 400,000 people were forced to find new homes.
In 1990, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the northern Philippines, inflicting catastrophic damage and the deaths of more than 1,200 people. The crack in the ground caused by the earthquake spanned more than a hundred kilometers.