5.3-magnitude quake hits C. Philippines

08:15, July 13, 2011      

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An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted central Philippines Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The earthquake occurred 4:56 p.m. local time, some 75 kilometers southwest of Antique province.

No one was reported hurt from the quake. The tremor was tectonic in origin and was felt in the cities of Sipalay and Himamaylan in Negros Occidental province; San Jose town in Antique; Jordan town in Guimaras; Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte and Cebu City.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 5.4 magnitude. It said the epicenter, with a depth of 52.10 km, was initially determined to be at 9.69 degrees north latitude and 122.20 degrees east longitude.

This is the recent quake to hit central Philippines. On Tuesday morning, several mild quakes rocked Negros Occidental.

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

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