5.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Philippines

Manila: An offshore earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale jolted the Davao Oriental province of the Philippines on Monday morning, authorities said.

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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which struck at 8 a.m., hit at a depth of 44 km, about 211 km southeast of Governor Generoso town in the province, reports Xinhua news agency.

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The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, is not expected to cause damage and aftershocks, the institute said.

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Sunday’s temblor came a day after an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted the Davao del Sur province.

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The institute had said the quake, which was also tectonic in origin, would trigger aftershocks and cause damage.

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

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