Offshore earthquake jolts S Philippines

21:37, February 26, 2010      

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A magnitude-5.5 offshore earthquake struck the southern Philippines Friday afternoon, the country's quake monitoring network reported. But there was no immediate report of casualties.

The epicenter of the quake was located at a depth of 121 km in the Philippine sea, about 92 km southeast of the city of Mati, Davao Oriental province, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in a bulletin.

The institute said the quake struck 4:37 p.m. local time (0837 GMT) but it did not issue tsunami alert.

The tremor was felt in major coastal cities in the southeast Mindanao region.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activities.

Source: Xinhua
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