MANILA, Philippines – Workers, students and residents evacuated buildings after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the main Luzon islands on Tuesday.
The seismology agency recorded the offshore earthquake at magnitude 5.9, with a depth of 79 kilometers. Its epicenter was recorded around 130 km from the capital region.
“We felt the strong and lengthy tremor,” Michael Orayani, mayor of Lubang town in Occidental Mindoro province, told DWPM radio station.
“We rushed outdoors even while the building was shaking,” he added.
The transportation ministry stopped train operations in Manila. No damage was observed on the runway and taxiway pavements and terminal facilities, the state airport operator said.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre had earlier recorded the earthquake at magnitude 6.2 before downgrading to 6.0.
Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, which lies on the “Ring of Fire”, a belt of volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean that is prone to earthquake activity.
Meanwhile, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Saturday night, which recorded Three deaths and Tsunami alert was raised in Surigao Del Sur. It was followed by more than 2,000 aftershocks that prompted thousands to stay in evacuation centers.
There were no immediate reports of casualties and the seismology agency said on X, formerly Twitter, that it did not expect damage, but warned people of following aftershocks.
A separate magnitude 6.8 earthquake also struck Mindanao early Monday morning.
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