5-magnitude quake hits central Philippine island: USGS


A strong, shallow quake shook the central Philippines on Thursday, injuring dozens of people, including at least 10 in a collapsed building, knocking out power in some areas and sending villagers fleeing from their homes, officials said.

The quake hit at a depth of around six kilometers (four miles), on the central island of Leyte, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The pension house was located at the second and third floor of the building near the municipal hall and housed a small grocery at the ground floor. However, there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. No tsunami warning is in place. Huge tsunami-like waves devastated the city of Tacloban and nearby areas, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing.

A receptionist at a hotel in another part of the city reported the quake was felt but did not cause damage in the area.

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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it expects some damage and aftershocks.

But people across the region of mostly farming and fishing communities reported feeling a powerful quake.

"I saw buses and motorcycles stopping on the highway and people getting off them", he added.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed almost 2, -000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.