09 Apr '11, 12am

5.2-magnitude quake jolts Philippines #Philippines #ASEAN #earthquake

MANILA - A MODERATE 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted the Philippines early on Saturday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings issued. The earthquake struck at 2.29am (1829 GMT) around 105km south-west of Olongapo on the Philippines' Luzon island and 125km south-west of the capital Manila, the US Geological Survey said. It hit at a relatively shallow depth of 24km, 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 quake. -- AFP

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