Damage in Manila.
|Date||December 31, 2016|
|Time||4:32 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time|
|Duration||9 minutes and 53 seconds|
|Type||Strike - slip|
|Areas affected||Southern Luzon, Philippines, Taiwan, Palau|
|Total damages||$97 billion (2016 USD)|
|Maximum intensity||VIII - Violent|
|Total casualties||38 fatalities, 6,788 injured, 8 missing|
On November 8, 2016, local seismologists began receiving reports of strange animal behaviour in the area. Birds vanished from the area, frogs leapt out of the pond during the night and worms began to swarm. By December 18, cats were going missing and dogs began to act aggressively. On December 28, a magnitude 5.3 struck the local area, and was one of the five foreshocks which were felt.
In the midst of people that are preparing for the New Year's Celebration on December 31, 2016, on 04:32 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, people reported their Christmas Trees already swaying before the actual tremor. The shaking began on 04:32 P.M., and magnitude 6.0 was felt 4 minutes and 2 seconds after the quake began. The ground cracked and trees were toppled. The telephone poles started to sway violently, and two poles fell on the same house. The local school was reduced to rubble, and houses collapsed. The bridges in the area went down, and the newly constructed skyscraper underwent a pancake collapse, producing a cloud of rubble.