A strong earthquake hit off the Philippines off the Philippines on Saturday, according to the United States Seismological Bureau USGS, but it was very deep and local authorities were not expecting significant damage.
The 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 a.m. local time (8:48 p.m. GMT Friday), 112 km deep. A 5.8 magnitude aftershock followed within minutes, also at great depth.
“It rains a lot too, but people are used to earthquakes. They know to bend down, hang on and take shelter.”
The Philippine seismological agency has said it does not expect any damage, and the US tsunami warning system has ruled out any threat.
The Philippines is regularly shaken by earthquakes, the archipelago being located on the Pacific “ring of fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin.
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