Luzon natural disaster not connected to "The Big One"


A magnitude 6.2 natural disaster struck the Philippines southwest of Manila on August 11, 2017.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the quake, which the United States Geological Survey earlier measured at 6.6.

A powerful magnitude 6.3 quake on Friday jolted and caused panic over wide areas in Southern Luzon including Metro Manila where thousands evacuated schools and buildings including Malacanang Palace, the official residence of Philippine president.

People in the capital, Manila, felt the quake and went running out of buildings and into the streets.

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The tremor shook buildings and forced the evacuation of offices and schools throughout Metro Manila.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said no damage was expected because the 6.3-magnitude natural disaster struck at a depth of 160 kilometers (99 miles).

Eight people also died and more than 250 were injured following a 6.5-magnitude quake outside the southern city of Surigao in February. The country is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where about 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes occur.