6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes West Philippine Sea

November 30, 2011 10:55 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 30 – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake with 16-kilometer depth occurred 94 kilometers west of Palauig, Zambales at 8:26 a.m. on Wednesday.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato U. Solidum said the tremor's epicenter was in the West Philippine Sea.

Solidum said its movement was along the Manila trench but it most likely caused no damages because it happened in the sea.

He said an intensity 5 earthquake rocked Agno, Pangasinan.

A tremor with intensity 2 was also recorded in Quezon City, Manila, Mandaluyong, Obando (Bulacan) and Baguio City.

As of press time, close monitoring of the affected areas is ongoing to determine whether there are damages caused by the tremor.

Local Phivolcs researcher Porferio De Peralta said the quake was tectonic in origin and no aftershock was expected. (PNA)

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