Shallow quake hits central PH

A shallow 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, although there was no tsunami warning issued or immediate reports of damage.

The quake struck 68 kilometers southeast of Masbate Island in the Bicol region at 8:03 am (0003 GMT).

“There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage,” USGS said in a statement.

“Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.”

In the city of Iloilo in the neighboring western Visayas, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of Masbate, residents fled their houses.

“It was strong, dizzying,” police Colonel Eric Dampal told AFP.

“Almost everyone inside buildings rushed to the streets. Up to now, they’re still outside.”

Residents in the eastern Visayas, also hundreds of kilometres from Masbate, told AFP the quake was “strong but very short”. (AFP)

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