The 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Philippine Islands on 2:51 a.m. local time on February 3, 2014. According to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, the epicenter of earthquake is located 390 miles away from the capital city of Manila. The closest city with a significant population is Claveria with the population of 30,482.
The Philippine Island is located at the Philippine Sea Plate bordering major plates in the Pacific Ocean. Subsequently, the Philippines have been experiencing frequent earthquakes. The last major earthquake with 7.2 magnitude hit the Philippines on October 15, 2013, killing 222 people.
By Jonathan JY Jung