Magnitude-6.3 quake jolts Philippines

Frederick Owens
August 11, 2017

An natural disaster of magnitude 6.2 hit the Philippines' northern island of Luzon on Friday and was felt in the capital Manila, shaking buildings and forcing the evacuation of offices and schools.

In June, two people died and hundreds were injured when a 6.5-magnitude natural disaster struck the eastern Philippines.

The quake struck just off the coast of Lian town at 1.28pm, at a relatively deep 173km, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

People rushed out of homes, offices and commercial buildings in Manila, where the quake was felt at intensity 4. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude was 6.2.

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"Due to its depth we do not expect any damage", the institute's director Renato Solidum said on government television.

The Philippines is located in the "Ring of Fire", a region of high volcanic and seismic activity that is shaken by some 7,000 mostly moderate quakes.

In February, a 6.5-magnitude quake killed eight people and left more than 250 injured outside the southern city of Surigao.

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