Six-magnitude quake rattles Philippines

MANILA (BERNAMA) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 shook Surigao Del Sur province in the southern Philippines yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said.

The institute said the offshore quake, which struck at 6.37am local time, hit at a depth of 33 kilometres, 29 kilometres southeast of the town of San Agustin, Surigao Del Sur, Xinhua news agency reported.

The institute said the quake, which was tectonic in origin, will trigger aftershocks and that damages are expected.

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