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Magnitude 7 Earthquake Rocks Luzon, Epicenter in Abra

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by Arianne Merez and Erwin Colcol
Jul 27, 2022
Filipinos evacuate to safer grounds in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook Luzon, July 27, 2022
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(UPDATE) A powerful earthquake shook the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Wednesday and was felt in the capital, Manila, where people were forced to evacuate from office towers.

A Magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck kilometers north of Tayum, Abra at 8:43 a.m. with a depth of 17 kilometers, Phivolcs said in an updated bulletin. Abra is a landlocked farming province in the Cagayan Valley region in the northeast.

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Phivolcs initially reported that the amplitude of the earthquake was Magnitude 7.3 which hit kilometers north of Lagangilang, Abra.

The following intensities were reported:

Intensity VII

  • Bucloc and Manabo, Abra

Intensity VI

  • Vigan City, Sinait, Bantay, San Esteban, Ilocos Sur
  • Laoac, Pangasinan
  • Baguio City

Intensity V

  • Magsingal and San Juan, Ilocos Sur
  • Alaminos City and Labrador, Pangasinan
    Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Mexico, Pampanga
  • Concepcion and Tarlac City, Tarlac
  • City of Manila
  • City of Malabon

Intensity IV

  • City of Marikina
  • Quezon City
  • City of Pasig
  • City of Valenzuela
  • City of Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Bautista and Malasiqui, Pangasinan
  • Bayombong and Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya;
  • Guiguinto, Obando, and San Rafael, Bulacan
  • San Mateo, Rizal

Intensity III

  • Bolinao, Pangasinan
  • Bulakan, Bulacan
  • Tanay, Rizal

Intensity II

  • General Trias City, Cavite
  • Santa Rosa City, Laguna

The following instrumental intensities, which were determined using instrumental measurements, were also recorded:

Intensity VII

  • Vigan City

Intensity V

  • Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
  • Peñablanca, Cagayan
  • Dagupan City, Pangasinan
  • Sinait, Ilocos Sur
  • Baguio City
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Intensity IV

  • Gonzaga, Cagayan
  • Baler, Aurora
  • Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Ramos, Tarlac;
    Ilagan, Isabela
  • Basista, Pangasinan
  • Claveria, Cagayan
  • San Jose, Palayan City and Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
  • Madella, Quirino
  • Tabuk, Kalinga
  • Santiago City, Isabela

Intensity III

  • Quezon City
  • Iba, Zambales
  • Navotas City, Malabon City, Metro Manila
  • Magalang and Guagua, Pampanga
  • Bolinao, Sison, and Infanta, Pangasinan
  • Bulakan, San Ildefonso,
  • Guiguinto, Plaridel, and Malolos City, Bulacan
  • Tarlac City, Tarlac

Intensity II

  • Dona Remedios Trinidad, Angat, and Santa Maria, Bulacan
  • Tagaytay City, Cavite;
  • Pasig City Metro Manila
  • Polillo, Gumaca, and Infanta, Quezon

Intensity I

  • Tanay, Taytay, Morong, and Antipolo City, Rizal
  • Marilao, Bulacan
  • San Juan City,
  • Las Pinas City, Metro Manila
  • Lucban, Quezon
  • Subic, Zambales

 Aftershocks and damage are expected due to the earthquake, Phivolcs added.

Employees in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig were forced to evacuate from their office buildings due to the earthquake.

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Operations of MRT-3, LRT-2 Philippine National Railways and the LRT-2 were also temporarily suspended for safety checks.

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