philippines Earthquake Alert update

Updated: Apr 24, 2019


Luzon, Philippines

Updated on 22 April 2019


The Situation:

A 6.4 magnitude (USGS) earthquake struck near San Julian town on Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded it at 6.5 magnitude.


Update to Yesterday’s Earthquake in Luzon:

Damage and casualty reports from yesterday's quake: 

  • 11 dead

  • 30 missing (supermarket collapse in Porac, Pampanga, a province northwest of the capital Manila)

  • A state of calamity was declared in Porac to allow contingency funds to be released faster

  • Damages to Clark International Airport - 7 injured, operations suspended for 24 hours for inspections

  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport operating normally

  • Many businesses and schools in Manila closed for building safety inspections

  • Over 400 aftershocks, mostly going unfelt


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


Most recent earthquake epicenter 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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