26 Jul '11, 2am

Moderate quake hits Philippine coast (via ST iPhone App)

MANILA - A 5.9-MAGNITUDE earthquake struck the Philippines' northern island of Luzon on Tuesday, sending objects shaking, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 1:15 am (1715 GMT Monday, 1.15am Singapore time), 26km north-west of Olongapo, a coastal city of more than 200,000 people, at a depth of 61km. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the tectonic quake set objects shaking in areas near Olongapo and was felt even in the capital Manila, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. Phivolcs earthquake monitoring officer Ishmael Narag said 'it was strong enough to awaken people, to cause significant movement of hanging objects but not structural damage'. There were several aftershocks measuring as high as 4.0 afterwards but no tsunami warning was issued, Mr Nar...

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