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Quake shakes southern Philippines

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Friday but there were no reports of damage or casualties, government agencies said.

world Updated: Mar 18, 2012 07:52 IST

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Friday but there were no reports of damage or casualties, government agencies said.

The quake's epicentre was located just off the coast of the southern island of Dinagat, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said, adding that the quake was tectonic in origin.

Objects were noticed swaying in the nearby island of Mindanao but there were no reports of panic, the civil defence office said.

No tsunami warning was issued, the volcanology institute added. The US Geological Survey also put the strength of the quake at 5.7.

Last month, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in the central Philippines triggered landslides that left over a hundred dead or missing.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire -- a belt around the Pacific Ocean dotted by active volcanoes and unstable ocean trenches.

One fault line runs directly under Manila, a metropolis of more than 12 million people, and government seismologists have warned the city is unprepared for a major quake.

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