The Philippines experienced a earthquake swarm this afternoon at about 3 pm Philippines time. The earthquakes occurred on the island of Luzon near the city of Batangas. Luzon is the largest and most populated island in the Philippines. The third earthquake to hit was the strongest measuring 5.9 mm. The USGS said the quake was at a depth of 42.7 km (27 miles). After the earthquakes the residents fled the coastal city for higher ground because they feared the earthquake could produce a Tsunami. “Residents in the coastal villages in two towns have evacuated to safer ground after the earthquakes,” Lito Castro, head of the provincial disaster council, told local radio. “The people were afraid the earthquakes would generate a tsunami.” I find this fact interesting because if the earthquake occurred in a non coastal location peoples reaction to the earthquake would possibly be different. The people of the Philippines are aware of the of earthquakes causing tsunamis so they immediately know to flee to higher ground. ” The area is still experiencing aftershocks. Fortunately, so far there are no reports of casualties.