MANILA, Philippines – The operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) has resumed after it was momentarily halted due to the magnitude 6.3-earthquake that struck off Calatagan, Batangas at around 7:34 a.m. Friday and felt in Metro Manila.
In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said the railway operations resumed at 8:32 a.m. but at a slower speed of 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 60kph at the mainline after checking of tracks.
“Checking of buildings and facilities is ongoing,” the MRT-3 said.
The railway management was forced to suspend train operations for minutes earlier and advised train drivers to stop at the nearest station for precautionary measures.
Meanwhile, the management of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) said operations resumed around 11 a.m. after it was temporarily suspended due to the quake.
The temblor was also felt in nearby provinces, including Bulacan, Bataan, and Laguna.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of focus of 109 kilometers.
The following intensities were recorded several areas:
Intensity IV – Lemery, and Malvar, Batangas; San Pedro, Laguna; City of Manila; Marikina City; Quezon City; Cainta and Antipolo City, Rizal; Pasig City
Intensity III – Caloocan City; Tanay, Rizal; San Jose Del Monte City, and Plaridel, Bulacan; Gapan City, Nueva Ecija; Cabangan and Iba, Zambales; Samal,
Bataan; Valenzuela City; Malabon City
Intensity II – San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Alaminos City, Pangasinan
Instrumental Intensities were also recorded:
Intensity IV – Bacoor City; Tagaytay City; Carmona, Cavite; Plaridel, Calumpit, San Ildefonso, San Rafael, and Malolos, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Las Pinas City
Intensity III – Talisay, Batangas; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Dagupan City; Quezon City; Pasig City; Muntinlupa City; Marikina City; Cabanatuan City
Intensity II – Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; Lucban, Quezon; Baler, Aurora; Palayan City
Intensity I – San Jose, Nueva Ecija; Gumaca, Lopez and Lucena City, Quezon
Phivolcs said there is no reported significant damage from the quake but it is expecting aftershocks.
Pansamantalang ipinagbawal ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Capas, Tarlac ang lahat ng tourism at trekking activities sa Mt. Pinatubo matapos itaas ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) ang alerto sa bulkan.
Inanunsiyo ito ni Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan ngayong Huwebes matapos itaas ng Phivolcs ang alert level 1 sa Mt. Pinatubo kasunod ng mahigit sa 1,000 mahihinang pagyanig sa paligid ng bulkan.
“Bawal muna po lahat ng trekking, bawal muna po lahat ng turista sa Mt. Pinatubo. So wala munang papasok sa crater ng Mt. Pinatubo dahil tayo po ay itinaas sa alert level 1 ng Phivolcs,” ang pahayag ni Catacutan.
Nitong Enero lang bahagyang binuksan ang trekking activities sa bulkan upang kahit papaano ay makabawi ang lokal na ekonomiya sa gitna ng pandemya.
Sa muling pagsasara ng trekking tourism, apektado ang kabuhayan ng mga tour guide, transient home owners at mga driver ng pinaarkilahang 4×4 vehicles.
Samantala, pinawi naman ng lokal na pamahalaan ang pangamba ng mga nakatira malapit sa bukana ng bulkan.
“Huwag po kayong mag-alala mga kababayan, ito po ay maliit na pagalaw lamang sa ilalim ng crater ng Mt. Pinatubo at halos hindi po ramdam sa kanayunan o sa barangay o mga Aeta village sa taas,” ang pahayag ni Catacutan.
“Huwag lang tayong mag-alala. Ang gawin po natin ay dagdagan po natin ng ating panalangin. Sana ito ay hindi na po lumala at upang hindi na po natin muling maranasan ang klase ng pagputok ng Mt. Pinatubo noong 1991, 29 years ago,” dagdag pa niya.
Taong 1991 nang huling pumutok ang Mt. Pinatubo na itinuturing na pangalawa sa pinakamalakas o pinakamalaking pagsabog ng bulkan sa buong mundo sa nakalipas na 100 taon.
Mahigit sa 800 katao ang napaulat na nasawi sa nasabing pagsabog ng bulkan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Bryan Lacanlale)
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded an increasing number of tremors in Taal Volcano this week.
Based on the agency’s report released on Friday (February 26), the state seismologists recorded 113 volcanic tremors with an average duration of 34 minutes in the past 24 hours. This is a significant jump from yesterday when 69 volcanic tremors were recorded.
Phivolcs also reported an emission of weak steam-ladden fumes from the vents of the volcano’s main crater.
Despite the increase in tremors, Taal remains at Alert Level 1. The public is advised — especially residents near Taal — to remain in a safe area as more volcanic earthquakes, steam emissions, and minor ashfall can occur. Several residents have already been evacuated last week.
Phivolcs also reiterated that entry into Taal’s permanent danger zone remains prohibited. AAC
According to PHIVOLCS-DOST, they have recorded 98 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours having durations of five to 12 minutes.
The Agency also monitored an increase in acidity and temperature of the Taal Volcano’s Main Crater Lake.
Alert Level 1 (Abnormal) remains in effect with possibility of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas occurring and threatening areas within the Taal Volcano Island.
PHIVOLCS-DOST strongly advised everyone against entering the Taal Volcano Island, Taal Volcano Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), especially its Main Crater Lake and fissures in Daang Kastila, due to the danger posed by the volcano’s recent activities. MNP / Raymund David
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