Magnitude 6.7 quake hits the Philippines: USGS

Magnitude 6.7 quake hits the Philippines: USGS


A strong earthquake struck the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep and local authorities said they expected no damage.

The magnitude 6.7 quake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 a.m. (2048 GMT) at a depth of 112 kilometers (70 miles), USGS said.

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A strong earthquake struck the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep and local authorities said they expected no damage.

The magnitude 6.7 quake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 a.m. (2048 GMT) at a depth of 112 kilometers (70 miles), USGS said.

A 5.8 magnitude quake followed a few minutes later in the same region and was also deep.

“It is very strong, we are alarmed,” said Police Major Ronnie Aurelano in the Calatagan community in Batangas province, which is south of Manila and near the epicenter of the quake.

“Here, too, it rains very heavily, but our people here are used to earthquakes. They know the duck, support and cover when there is an earthquake.”

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“We are reviewing low-lying areas in case there is a tsunami,” he added.

The Philippine seismological agency said it did not expect any harm. And there was no tsunami warning or threat, according to the US tsunami warning system.

“It’s not as strong as the previous quakes here – no damage was reported to us,” said police corporal Bernie Faderogao in nearby Mabini.

“Our sliding door was only shaken slightly, but it didn’t break.”

The archipelago is regularly shaken by quakes due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Jan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin.

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