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Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Jolts Philippines

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A strong magnitude-6.3 tremor hit Calatagan town in Batangas on Thursday, jolting parts of Luzon including Metro Manila, with state seismologists expecting damage and aftershocks.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology earlier reported that the quake that struck at 10:19 a.m. was at magnitude-6.2, but later upgraded it to magnitude-6.3.

No casualties or major damage were reported after the quake, which struck out at sea at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.21 miles) and was felt in nearby provinces, the Philippine seismology agency said.

Operations of the three elevated railway lines in Manila were stopped due to the earthquake, the transport ministry said.

“Railways and airports had suspension in operations. So far, no report of major effect of the quake and we hope it remains this way,” Civil defence spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro, told GMA news channel.

Peter Oliver Palacio, mayor of Calatagan, a town just 5km from the epicentre, told DZMM radio the quake was dizzying and added the town’s engineering department had been instructed to check for damage.

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