Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocks Metro Manila and nearby areas on Christmas Day


(UPDATED AS OF DECEMBER 26, 7:18 AM) More areas in Luzon have been included based on PHIVOLCS' latest bulletin who have experienced the magnitude 6.3 earthquake on the morning of Christmas Day.

The said tremor was located at 14km southwest of Calatagan, Batangas. It is tectonic in origin with a depth of 107 kilometers. There are no expected tsunamis to occur but aftershocks and damages on buildings is possible. So far, this is the strongest earthquake recorded in the Philippines for the month of December.

The following areas have experienced the said earthquake:


Intensity VI 

  • Occidental Mindoro: Lubang

Intensity V 

  • Batangas: Calatagan, Balayan, Nasugbu, Batangas City, Balayan, Calaca, San Luis
  • Cavite: Tagaytay City, Amadeo, Indang, Kawit, Alfonso
  • Laguna: Biñan

  • Occidental Mindoro: Looc


Intensity IV 

  • La Union: Santo Tomas
  • Pangasinan: Alaminos

  • Bulacan: Obando, Malolos, Meycauyan
  • Pampanga: City of Mabalacat
  • Zambales: Subic, San Felipe

  • Batangas: Taal, San Jose, San Pascual, Lemery, Malvar, Ibaan
  • Cavite: Maragundon, Carmona
  • Laguna: San Pedro
  • National Capital Region: City of Manila, Makati City, Marikina City, Quezon City, Pasig City, Las Piñas City, Pateros
  • Rizal: San Mateo, Antipolo City

  • Occidental Mindoro: Abra de Ilog, Paluan


Intensity III

  • Bataan: Samal 
  • Bulacan: San Jose Del Monte City, Plaridel
  • Nueva Ecija: San Jose City, Gapan City
  • Pampanga: Floridablanca, Santa Ana
  • Zambales: Cabangan, Iba

  • Batangas: Talisay, Santo Tomas
  • Laguna: City of Santa Rosa
  • National Capital Region: Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, and Malabon City
  • Rizal: Tanay

  • Occidental Mindoro: Paluan
  • Oriental Mindoro: Pinamalayan, Naujan, San Teodoro, Calapan

Intensity II

  • Pangasinan: Alaminos City
  • Bulacan: Doña Remedios Trinidad
  • Nueva Ecija: San Isidro
  • Quezon: Lucban, Guinayangan


Intensity I

  • Pangasinan: Villasis
  • Quezon: Lucena City


Magnitude 4.1 Aftershock

Meanwhile, a major aftershock was recorded at 10km southwest of Calatagan, Batangas at 9:24 PM. It has a magnitude of 4.1, tectonic in origin, and has a depth of 102 kilometers.

The following instrumental intensities on some areas are recorded due to this aftershock:

Intensity II:

  • Oriental Mindoro: Puerto Galera

Intensity I:

  • Batangas: Calatagan
  • Cavite: Tagaytay City

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