Earthquake jolts Olongapo City

Satellite image of places in the Philippines recently rocked by earthquakes.
Satellite image of places in the Philippines recently rocked by earthquakes.

Around 3:15 this morning, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Olongapo City, Philippines. Nearby provinces like Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac and Pangasinan also felt the tremor.

An earthquake is a seismic shift between tectonic plates below the earth’s surface that causes plates to slide past each other at a point known as a fault. The location of an earthquake below ground is referred to as the hypocenter, which corresponds to the location of the quake on the ground, known as the epicenter. Earthquakes typically last only a few seconds, but aftershocks — smaller earthquakes — can occur for days, weeks and years after a main quake.

(photo credit to earthquaketrack[dot]com)

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