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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Philippines' Luzon island, jolts buildings

Offices and schools evacuated; tremor felt in the capital Manila

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  • Students use their hands to cover their heads as they evacuate their school premises after an earthquake of maImage Credit: REUTERS
  • Children wear helmets as they evacuate a building after an earthquake was felt in Manila, Philippines on FridaImage Credit: AP

MANILA: An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the Philippines' northern island of Luzon on Friday and was felt in the capital Manila, shaking buildings and forcing the evacuation of offices and schools.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the quake, which the United States Geological Survey earlier measured at 6.6.

The quake struck at 1:28 pm (0528 GMT) 10.7 km southeast of Nasugbu, in the province of Batangas, at a depth of 168 km.

No tsunami warning was issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, which put the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, and said it expected aftershocks.

The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes.