1 magnitude natural disaster hits Philippine

1 magnitude natural disaster hits Philippine

1 magnitude natural disaster hits Philippine

A strong but deep natural disaster struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon and was felt in Manila.

The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 6.2 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was 168km deep.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake.

Intensity 4 was felt in Manila; Calapan, Mindoro; Subic, Zambales; Rosario, Cavite; and Sablayan, Oriental Mindoro.

The tremor shook buildings and forced the evacuation of offices and schools throughout Metro Manila.

The quake struck 5 kilometers southwest of Lian town in Batangas at 1:28 p.m.

The institute said no damage is expected. The authorities put the magnitude of the quake at 6.3.

The Philippines lies on the Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Hence, it experiences frequent earthquakes.

In August 1986, a powerful magnitude 8.1 temblor rumbled through Mindanao and killed 8,000 people, considered the worst natural disastert in Philippine history.

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