6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Philippines, no tsunami warning issued


A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the central Philippines early Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, with the local seismological agency warning of aftershocks and possible damage.

The strong and shallow quake struck off Masbate province in the centre of the archipelago nation shortly after 2:00 a.m. local time (1800GMT), jolting people awake.

The epicentre was 11 kilometres (seven miles) from the nearest village of Miaga, in Uson municipality, on the province’s main island of Masbate, USGS said.

Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

No tsunami warning was issued.

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