Powerful Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Rattles Philippines - EMSC
22:13 GMT 21.05.2022 (Updated: 23:21 GMT 21.05.2022)
On Saturday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the region of Luzon, Philippines, at 5:50 local time. Authorities have not yet reported any fatalities or injures caused by the quake.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake was felt in the Philippines' Luzon region, the most populous and largest island in the island nation and is the fourth most populous island in the world. The earthquake hit at approximately 14.02 N; 120.67 E at a depth of 175 kilometers.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported that the earthquake struck just 39 km (24.2 miles) southwest from the city of Silang, where roughly 295, 644 people live and 7 km (4.3 miles) southeast of Nasugbu, where an estimated 136,524 residents live.
Injuries, fatalities, and further damage caused by the earthquake have yet to be reported.
Testimonies collected by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre account for the earthquake's effect on the local region.
"It was quite strong," said one resident in Mendez-Nunez who was 28 km away from where the earthquake's recorded epicenter. "The earthquake woke me up as if I'm shaking from chills and feeling dizzy."
Another witness in Janopol - about 45 km from the epicenter - detailed that the quake had lasted for about a minute.
One witness located 128 km away from the earthquake's epicenter reported a "small to medium" movement of their two-story cement townhouse. "But it was noticeable," they added. "I went outside and saw the power lines swaying a little."
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake is considerably powerful; however, with roughly 100 such events occurring every year, they are not common. The earthquake magnitude scale measures from 2.5 or less to 8.0 or greater. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has the capability of wrecking havoc in populated areas.