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6.7-magnitude quake strikes off Philippines: USGS

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck under the Celebes Sea between the Philippines and Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said early on Friday.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2011 10:54 IST

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck under the Celebes Sea between the Philippines and Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said early on Friday.

The quake hit late on Thursday local time, 330 kilometres (205 miles) from the town of General Santos on the Philippine island of Mindanao, and roughly the same distance from Manado on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It was 512 kilometres (318 miles) deep, the USGS said.

It came two minutes after a 6.5-magnitude quake a few kilometres away and at a similar depth.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, based in Hawaii, did not issue a tsunami warning following the earthquakes.

The area is part of the Pacific's so-called "Ring of Fire", a zone of frequent tectonic activity where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common.