6.0-magnitude quake rocks Manila

26/03/2010 10:09
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Mindoro Island in the Philippines Thursday afternoon. In Manila, intensity 5 was recorded while intensity 4 was felt in rest of Metro Manila. There were at least 60 aftershocks recorded as of 7.00 p.m. Thursday.

Manila, Philippines - Thousands of office workers inside high-rise buildings in metro Manila rushed outside their work areas to seek shelter from anticipated falling objects as a 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the island of Mindoro located a few miles west of metro Manila.

The strong quake was registered at intensity 5 in Manila and intensity 4 in other parts of Metro Manila. In a bulletin issued by Phivolcs, the quake measuring magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale, struck at 27 kilometers southwest of Lubang Island in Mindoro province at 1:29 p.m.

Phivolcs said the quake's depth was shallow at 25 kilometers and was tectonic in origin. There were about 60 aftershocks registered at 7:00 p.m. local time. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said they were not expecting any damages from the earthquake, and there was no need to issue a tsunami warning.

"This is not significant in terms of magnitude," Solidum said, adding that only minor aftershocks may also take place.


(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )


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