Moderate quake rattles Philippines, no damage
The 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern island of Mindoro just before 8 am.india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 09:00 IST
A moderate earthquake jolted the northern Philippines on Tuesday with lesser tremors felt in other parts of the country.
But there was no immediate word of casualties or damage, officials said.
The 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern island of Mindoro just before 8 am, with the epicentre near the town of San Jose in Mindoro Occidental.
"There were no immediate reports of any damage," said a spokesman for the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, but added that there was a risk of aftershocks.
Earthquakes occur frequently in the Philippines, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific Basin.
Early this month, a 5.0 magnitude tremor shook nearby Lubang island. In July 1990, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale killed 1,600 on Luzon.