6.2-magnitude earthquake rattles central Philippines

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 MANILA–A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The institute said the earthquake, which struck at 1:37 p.m. local time, hit at a depth of 17 km, about 19 km northwest of San Julian town in Eastern Samar province.

The tremor was felt in a number of central and northern Philippine cities, including Tacloban City in Leyte province, Catbalogan City in Samar, and the Masbate city, Legazpi city and Sorsogon city in the Bicol region, south of Manila, the institute said.

No casualties and damage have been reported so far. The Phivolcs said the tremor was tectonic in origin and aftershocks are expected. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.3 with a depth of 70.2 km. Enditem ---

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