Philippines Shaken By 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake


San Jose, Surigao del Norte, Philippines was shaken by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake less than an hour ago.

The quake struck Saturday 17km ENE of San Isidro, Philippines 2013-03-30 01:50:45 UTC according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported.

Although the offshore quake caused “panic,” according to reports, after light fixtures began to sway in nearby buildings when it struck, no one was injured — and a tsunami warning is unlikely to be issued.

The powerful quake may have been relatively harmless, but the Philippines, situated on the Pacific’s infamous “Ring of Fire,” has experienced serious seismic incidents in recent years, including a 7.6 magnitude quake in August 2012 that caused a small tsunami and killed at least one person.

According to U.S. Geological Survey there have been 8,665 earthquakes in the Philippines so far this year.