Quake measuring 5.9 magnitude rocks Philippines, south of Manila

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The USGS said the quakes occurred about 90 kms (55 miles) south of the capital Manila occurred over a period of about 20 minutes, sending people running out of buildings.

BATANGAS CITY-More than 5,000 people were taken to evacuation centers after a 5.6-magnitude natural disaster jolted parts of Batangas at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday and was shortly followed by another 6-magnitude temblor.

There are no reports of casualties at this time, but authorities have issued a landslide warning and some residents have reported damaged homes and loss of power.

Movement was also felt in Batangas, Cavite and Quezon Province.

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Scenes of people flooding the streets, evacuating schools, shopping malls, and hospitals are being reported by locals.

Boulders rendered roads in Barangay Pagkilatan, Batangas City impassable.

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"We have not monitored any incident of that nature", Eleazar said in a text message. "We just stayed inside and waited for it to subside", the officer said in a phone interview. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the event was an "earthquake swarm" in a local faultline but had not been powerful enough to cause a tsunami.

Taal Mayor Fulgencio "Pong" Mercado said the quake rendered a bigger damage on the 400-year-old church, with a crack also visible in its right canopy. An Intensity 4 tremor is felt "generally by people indoors and some people outdoors".

According to Luces, cracks were seen on the laboratory walls of the Taal Polymedic Hospital and a residential house was reportedly damaged.

Apart from the church, the municipal building also suffered a crack on the right side.

The third quake was felt at about 3:29 p.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, according to Phivolcs science research assistant Lara Gianan.

Chief Inspector Glenn Valdepenas, jail warden, said they had to temporarily cancel the visiting hours due to the quakes.

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