6.1-magnitude quake jolts Philippines

Manila: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Surigao del Sur province in southern Philippines on Monday, authorities said.

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The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said the offshore quake, which struck at 6.13 a.m., hit at a depth of 77 km, about 66 km northeast of Bayabas town on Mindanao island, reports Xinhua news agency.

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The tremor was also felt in Surigao City in Surigao del Norte province and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental province, Phivolcs added.

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The institute said the quake, which was tectonic in origin, will cause no damage, but aftershocks are expected.

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

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