Phillippines Jolted by 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake

A strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake just jolted the Phillippines moments ago. The quake’s epicenter was 9km E of Talisay. Presently there are no reports of any injuries or damage and no tsunami warnings were issued yet.

The quake, which hit at approximately 5:45 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology measured the magnitude at 5.7 and close to land.

“There was no damage, no casualties,” Civil Defense chief Benito Ramos said after the temblor hit.

“The earthquake was strong, and very close to land, we all felt it said one source”

Surigao del Sur provincial administrator Efren Rivas said about 1,000 Tandag residents fled to the elevated grounds when the quake struck.

The Philippine is located in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. A magnitude-7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.

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