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1968 Casiguran earthquake

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Magnitude  7.6 Mw
Type  Thrust
Max. intensity  IX (Violent)
Depth  25 km (16 mi)
Areas affected  Philippines
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Origin time  20:19:22 UTC on August 1
Similar  1976 Moro Gulf earthquake, 1990 Luzon earthquake, 1968 Illinois earthquake, 2012 Visayas earthquake, 2013 Bohol earthquake

The 1968 Casiguran earthquake occurred on 04:19:22 local time on August 2 with a moment magnitude of 7.6 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). The thrust earthquake's epicenter was in Casiguran, Quezon (now part of Aurora province). A small non-destructive tsunami was generated and at least 207 people were killed. The majority of the deaths occurred in the collapse of a six-story building in Manila.



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In Manila, many structures that suffered severe damage had been built near the mouth of the Pasig River on huge alluvial deposits. A number of buildings were damaged beyond repair while others only suffered cosmetic damage. Several hundred people died during the collapse of the six-story Ruby Tower, located in the district of Binondo. The entire building, save for a portion of the first and second floors at its northern end, was destroyed. Allegations of poor design and construction, as well as use of low-quality building materials, arose. In the District of Santa Ana, one person was injured by debris from a damaged apartment building.

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Two more people from Aurora sub province and Pampanga died as a direct result of the quake. Around the town of Casiguran, there were several reports of landslides, the most destructive one at Casiguran Bay.


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The aftershock sequence throughout the month of August included many moderate shocks, including fifteen over 5.0 Mb. The strongest of these occurred on August 3 with a 5.9 Ms event that produced intensities of III–IV in Manila.

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