6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes main Philippine island: USGS

By AFP|Published: 06th July 2017

( File image for representation just) Cracks appear in and along a roadway near Quellon, Chile, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, after an earthquake.|AP.
( File image for representation just) Cracks appear in and along a roadway near Quellon, Chile, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, after an earthquake.|AP.

MANILA: An effective 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled the main Philippines Thursday, United States seismologists stated, modifying an earlier figure of 6.9.

The quake struck at a depth of around 6 kilometers (4 miles), on the main island of Leyte, the United States Geological Survey stated.

There was no instant caution of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated.

Marlon Tano, a Leyte farmer and reporter, informed AFP the quake knocked him off his feet at his eggplant farm in Borauen, a town near the quake’s epicentre.

” It was so strong that I fell,” Tano stated.

” I saw motorcyles and buses stopping on the highway and individuals leaving them,” he included.

Big parts of the island of Leyte were ravaged by extremely hurricane Haiyan in November 2013.

Substantial tsunami-like waves smashed the city of Tacloban and neighboring locations, leaving 7,350 individuals missing or dead.

In February, a 6.5-magnitude quake eliminated 8 individuals and left more than 250 hurt outside the southern city of Surigao.

The following month a 5.9-magnitude trembling eliminated someone there in March.

Prior to the Surigao quakes, the last deadly earthquake to strike the nation was a 7.1-magnitude trembling that left more than 220 individuals dead and damaged historical churches when it struck the main islands in October 2013.

The Philippines rests on the so-called Ring of Fire, a large Pacific Ocean area where much of Earth’s quakes and volcanic eruptions happen.

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