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The magnitude 5.6 quake that jolted Batangas anew around 3:07 p.m. on Saturday has temporarily stranded passengers and stalled cargoes bound for neighboring Mindoro island.

A swarm of quakes rocked the Batangas province, about 90 km south of Manila, at around 3pm local time for around 20 minutes.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the first tremor - measuring magnitude 5.6 - struck at 3:07 p.m.

Office workers in the capital of Manila, about 68 miles away, were seen rushing out of buildings after feeling the tremors.

The local television network, ABS-CBN broadcast live footage of frightened commuters, who were fleeing the passenger terminal at the port of Batangas, near the epicenters.

Major damage was reported at the Mabini General Hospital while the Anilao Market also in Mabini town suffered structural damages.

Two minutes later, a stronger magnitude 6 quake struck at 12 km northwest of Mabini.

"It would be best if they will just stay inside their homes".

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Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Deputy Director Bartolome Bautista told CNN Philippines on Saturday that stronger earthquakes are possible in the coming days.

Intensity 3 was felt in Makati City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Muntinlupa City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City and Bacoor, Cavite.

"We are also monitoring the Taal Volcano". The DSWD also gave 10,000 bottles of energy drinks, 5,000 servings of ready-to-eat arroz caldo, and 20 tents for affected hospitals.

In Quezon, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Action Officer Dr. Henry Buzar said the earthquakes were felt in the province. The quake was felt the strongest in Mabini at intensity 7.

Batangas City, Sto Tomas and Lemery, Batangas and Tagaytay City felt the tremor at Intensity V.

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.

Mall tenants and mall goers at SM Lucena and Pacific Mall Lucena were evacuated to the parking area.

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


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