A church worker walks past rubble of the 18th century St. Catherine of Alexandria after its bell tower was destroyed following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the town of Porac, pampanga province on April 23, 2019. Philippine rescuers were scrambling April 23 to reach dozens of people feared buried under a building near Manila that collapsed a day earlier in a powerful earthquake, as the death toll climbed to 11.
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Zambales, Eastern Samar quakes 'not related'
(Philstar.com) - April 23, 2019 - 3:47pm

MANILA, Philippines — The two strong earthquakes that struck Luzon and Visayas for two consecutive days were not related, a Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology official said Tuesday.

Science Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum said the earthquake in Eastern Samar was caused by a movement of the Philippine Trench, a submarine trench to the east of the country.

A magnitude 6.5 quake rocked San Julian, Eastern Samar at around P1:37 p.m., according to the state volcanolgy bureau.

The strong earthquake was also felt in several towns in Eastern Visayas and the Bicol region.

On Monday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted Castillejos, Zambales at around 5:11 p.m.

The Monday quake, which caused damage in parts of Luzon, was a minor earthquake, PHIVOLCS earlier said.

"This is definitely not a major earthquake," Solidum said in a phone interview with CNN Philippines Monday evening. He added that no significant damage is expected in Pampanga and Metro Manila following the quake felt in Luzon.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 16 were reported dead, 81 injured and 14 missing in Central Luzon following Monday's quake, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. — Patricia Lourdes Viray with reports from Helen Flores

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: May 6, 2019 - 12:17pm

Get the latest updates on the earthquake here.

May 6, 2019 - 12:17pm

Phivolcs downgrades the quake that hit Pagudpud to 5.4 magnitude from the earlier 5.8.

May 6, 2019 - 11:32am

Phivolcs says there is no tsunami threat after the moderate 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ilocos Norte.

"No destructive tsunami threat exists based on available data. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake."

May 6, 2019 - 11:23am

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolts Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte at 10:48 a.m.

No damage is expected but Phivolcs warns of aftershocks.

April 23, 2019 - 1:59pm

A 6.2 magnitude quake hit San Julian, Eastern Samar at 1:37 p.m. today. Damage and aftershocks are expected, according to Phivolcs.

April 23, 2019 - 1:59pm

A 6.2 magnitude quake hit San Julian, Eastern Samar at 1:37 p.m. today. Damage and aftershocks are expected, according to Phivolcs.

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