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Earthquakes hit Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Tonga on Earth Day

At least five countries were hit by strong earthquakes on April 22, 2019, which happens to be Earth Day. The countries affected were the Philippines, Indonesia, Peru and Tonga.

The Philippines first experienced 4.7 quake at 01:09 p.m. (local time). The country was again hit by a 6.0 quake at 4:49 p.m. (local time), the strongest one on that day.

Earlier that day, a 4.8 quake hit Peru, particularly Aguas Verdes. The ones that hit Sumbawa, an island in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia and the Tonga Islands were 5.0 quakes on Earth Day.

Later on, a 4.4 quake hit the off coast of Chiapas, Mexico. The nearest volcano to the area is Volcán Tacaná, the second highest peak in Central America at 4,060 meters.

A 4.5 quake then hit Indonesia again, particularly in Sulawesi. The nearest volcano to the area is Una-Una, an isolated volcano in the Gulf of Tomni, offshore central Sulawesi.

Founded by Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. He is a former senator from Wisconsin, United States.

Initially, the United States Geological Survey said the magnitude of the earthquake in the Philippines on Earth Day was 6.4 but downgraded it slightly later on. Among the areas affected were Baguio City, Bataan, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Metro Manila, Pampanga, Pangasinan and Zambales, according to Philippine Institure of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The epicenter of the quake was located in Castillejos, Zambales at around 5:11 p.m., according to Phivolcs. Martial arts instructor Dani Justo was at her home in Manila when the quake hit.

“The clothes hanging on our line were really swaying,” Justo told AFP. “My shih tzu dropped flat on the ground.”

Since the Philippines is on the Pacific Ring of Fire, it frequently experiences seismic and volcanic activity. The deadliest recorded earthquake in the country since the 1600s was the 7.9 tectonic quake that took place near the islands of Mindanao on August 16, 1976.

Meanwhile, here are some earthquake safety tips:

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