A moderate earthquake shook buildings in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday, the government said, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The quake struck in the rural north of the country, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology chief Renato
Solidum told AFP, describing it as "moderate" and adding he did not expect damage in the capital.
The US Geological Survey said the quake, with a magnitude of 5.3, struck at 10:27 am (0227 GMT), 158 kilometres northeast of Manila. It had a depth of 38 kilometres.