Strong Earthquake Hits Philippines

MANILA, Nov 6 (Bernama) — A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit parts of Bicol region early Saturday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

China’s Xinhua news agency reported that Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said over radio dzMM that the earthquake occurred at 0:41 a.m. Saturday. It was followed by two aftershocks, magnitude 4.1 at 1:45 a.m. and magnitude 3.6 at 2:25 a.m.

Solidum and the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that there were no reports of damage from the tremors.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), however, recorded the earthquake at magnitude 5.6 in an area near Masbate at a depth of 35.5 km.

Some citizens in Bicol said on twitter that they felt the strong quake.

“Generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors. Many people were awakened from sleep. Some are frightened, some run outside in panic,” local residents said.

Solidum said that the Sibuyan Sea Segment of the Philippine Fault Zone has been moving since Thursday. He said more earthquakes generated by the same fault may be felt on Saturday.

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