A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, as local authorities warned of potential aftershocks and damage.
The quake occurred at a depth of 124 kilometers at about 10:00 am (0200 GMT) in waters about three hours’ drive from the capital, Manila.
Calatagan Municipal Police Chief Emile Mendoza He said he and his crew rushed outside in the aftermath of the quake, which was also felt in the densely populated heartland of the country, including Manila.
“It was a bit strong. We had to run,” Mendoza told AFP.
Mendoza said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but disaster management authorities were deployed to assess the impact of the quake.
Disaster Officer Calatagan Ronald Torres She said the quake lasted between 30 seconds and a minute.
The earthquake pushed people out of buildings in the capital.
Diego MarianoThe media official of the Civil Defense Office said that the authorities are assessing the impact of the quake.
“So far, no major damage or casualties have occurred so far. The assessment is still ongoing,” Mariano told reporters in a message.
earthquakes They are a daily occurrence in the Philippines, which lies along the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismic and volcanic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin.
In October 2013, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Bohol in the central Philippines, causing landslides and killing more than 200 people.
The ancient churches of the birthplace of Catholicism in the Philippines have been badly damaged. Nearly 400,000 people have been displaced and tens of thousands of homes have been damaged by the earthquake.


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