08 Apr '11, 8pm

5.2-magnitude quake jolts Philippines

MANILA : A moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted the Philippines early Saturday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings issued. The earthquake struck at 2:29 am (18:29 GMT) around 105 kilometres (65 miles) southwest of Olongapo on the Philippines' Luzon island and 125 kms southwest of the capital Manila, the US Geological Survey said. It hit at a relatively shallow depth of 24 kms (15 miles), the USGS said. People in the Philippines have been nervous about a potential killer quake following the devastating ones to have hit Japan and New Zealand recently. Like those countries, the Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire -- a belt around the Pacific Ocean dotted by active volcanoes and tectonic trenches. One fault line runs directly under Manila, and government seismologists have warned the city is unprepared for a major...

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