5.4 quake rocks Aurora province, Metro Manila

A magnitude 5.4 quake earthquake jolted parts of Aurora province on Thursday morning and was also felt in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Phivolcs reported the quake occurred at 10:27 a.m with its epicenter traced at 17 kilometers northeast of Baler in Aurora province where it was felt at Intensity 5. The tectonic quake has a depth of five kilometer.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. said the quake's epicenter was near the Casiguran area in Aurora and the magnitude-5.4 quake is considered "moderate," but was felt in many areas because it was shallow at 5 km.

"In Metro Manila, it was felt for a few seconds," he said, adding it was felt at Intensity 3 in Quezon City.

The agency also said that so far no damage was reported but aftershocks are expected as well. The agency added the tremor was felt at Intensity 4 in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija; Intensity 3 in Cauayan City, Isabela; Mandaluyong City, Quezon City, Taguig City, Pasay City, Antipolo City, and Intensity 2 in Manila; Malolos Bulacan; Clemente, Tarlac while it was Intensity 1 in Makati City. Reports coming from Dagupan City in Pangasinan said the quake also shook the area for several seconds.