5-magnitude earthquake rattles southern Philippines

MANILA (Xinhua) – An offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of five shook Davao Oriental Province in the southern Philippines yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said.

The institute said the quake, which struck at 10.11am local time, hit at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 136 kilometres southeast of Governor Generoso town.

The institute said the quake, which was tectonic in origin, will trigger aftershocks but will not cause damage.

The Philippines has frequent seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.