Strong magnitude 6.2 natural disaster shakes Philippine island

Damage from an earthquake in the Philippines in 2013

A deep quake of 6.3 magnitude has shaken off Luzon island in the northern Philippines, and was felt in metropolitan Manila.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the quake, which the United States Geological Survey earlier measured at 6.6.

The authorities added that the tremor was felt in the capital Manila.

But buildings in Manila and other nearby areas swayed, with employees of Malacanang presidential palace and other government buildings in central Manila and the nearby town of Bacoor evacuated, witnesses said.


Aftershocks are expected within the day, according to Phivolcs.

A magnitude 6.3 quake has jolted the Philippines, including the capital, triggering panic among residents but no reports of damages or casualties.

The country is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where about 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes occur.

In June, two people died and hundreds were injured when a 6.5 magnitude quake struck the eastern Philippines. The following month a 5.9-magnitude tremor killed one person there in March.

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