Quake shakes southern Philippines

05-Sep-2016 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 8:41 AM Print This Post

A strong earthquake shook parts of the southernPhilippineson Sunday, briefly panicking residents, the government volcanology office said.

The 6.0-magnitude quake rocked the southernislandofMindanaobut there were no initial reports of damage or casualties, the civil defence office said.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 5.9.

While some areas of Mindanao experienced just slight tremors, those closer to the epicentre about 850 kilometres (528 miles) south ofManilareported more serious shaking with people fleeing outdoors for fear their houses might collapse.


“I was inside my room when the shaking started, which lasted for almost a minute. I felt dizzy so I rushed outside,” said radio broadcaster Richard Grande in the town ofSan Francisconear the epicentre.

ThePhilippineslies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.




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