Strong quake shakes Philippines capital

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook the Philippine capital on Tuesday, sending some office workers fleeing into the streets, seismologists and witnesses said.

Strong quake shakes Philippines capital
The quake struck at 12:27 pm (0427 GMT) and was centred 195 kilometres (120 miles) northwest of Manila at a depth of depth 62.5 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) gave a lower preliminary magnitude reading of 4.2.

An earthquake of a magnitude of at least 6.0 can damage buildings, although there were no reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which was felt over large areas of the main Philippine island of Luzon, Phivolcs said.

Radio reports said some office buildings in Manila emptied as people rushed outside when the structures began to sway.

A power line burst into flames near Manila city hall but no injuries were reported.

The city's light railway system also stopped briefly, they added.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Kasım 2007, 15:12