Updated: Magnitude 5.4 quake shakes Aurora; tremor felt at intensity 6 in Baler


(Eagle News) — A magnitude 5.4 quake rocked Aurora on Saturday morning, May 23, which was felt at intensity 6 in the province’s capital, Baler, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

Phivolcs updated its quake bulletin, and changed the earlier magnitude 5.1 reading of the quake to 5.4.  It also added more areas where the quake was felt.

The tectonic quake occurred at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, with a depth of only seven kilometers.

It was felt at intensity 6 in Baler, and intensity 5 in San Luis, Dipaculao and Maria Aurora, Aurora.
The quake was felt in the following intensities in the listed areas:

Intensity 4 – Casiguran, & Dingalan, Aurora; Gabaldon, and Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
Intensity 3 – Obando, Bulacan; Villasis, Pangasinan; City of Paranaque; City of Antipolo, Rizal;
Intensity 2 – Santo Domingo, Nueva Ecija; Malolos City, & Plaridel, Bulacan; City of Baguio; City of Manila; City of Malabon; City of Navotas; Quezon City; City of Valenzuela
Intensity 1 – Gapan City, Nueva Ecija; Guinayangan, Quezon

Instrumental Intensities were listed as follows:
Intensity 4 – Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
Intensity 3 – San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Santiago City, Isabela
Intensity 2 – Cabanatuan City, & San Jose City, Nueva Ecija; Malolos City, Bulacan; City of Baguio; City of Navotas
Intensity 1 – Guagua, Pampanga; City of Marikina; City of Malabon; Quezon City; Guinayangan, & Mauban, Quezon; Iriga City, Camarines Sur; Dagupan City, Pangasinan

The quake’s epicenter was located 15 kilometers southwest of the town of San Luis, Aurora.

Phivolcs said aftershocks are expected.

(Eagle News Service)