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Earthquake Alert

Luzon, Philippines

Updated on 22 April 2019

The Situation:

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake (later downgraded just slightly to a 6.3 magnitude by the U.S.

Geological Survey) struck central Luzon, Philippines. The epicenter was reported to be 37

miles NW of Manila in Castillejos, Zambales.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (PHIVOLCS) originally recorded it at 5.7 magnitude before revising it to 6.1. PHIVOLCS warns aftershocks and damage are


There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Witnesses reported buildings

swaying in the main business district of Manila; some people evacuated their offices.

What to Expect:

  • Disruptions to public transportation

  • Aftershocks, which can last for weeks

  • Travel delays caused by increased road traffic and damaged or unsafe roadways

  • Grounded or delayed flights

  • Disruptions in public utilities (i.e. water and electricity)

Mitigation Factors to Apply:

  • Monitor local news media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the airport, supplier, and accommodations

  • Avoid traveling through damaged areas

  • Keep electronics charged

  • Maintain communication throughout the remainder of the trip

  • Keep bottled water nearby

  • Check with airline that flights are moving on time

  • Expect aftershocks, some may be strong

Epicenter as Reported by Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology:

Distance from Epicenter to Supplier:

For Further Information and Monitoring:

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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