Earthquake recorded in northern Philippines

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A powerful and deep earthquake rocked the northern Philippines Friday afternoon but caused no apparent damage.

Office workers and students in the nation’s capital of Manila briefly left their buildings after feeling the strong shaking and swaying.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake’s epicenter was 5 kilometers (3 miles) southwest of Batangas province’s Lian town at a depth of 173 kilometers (107 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude was 6.2.

The institute also said no damage should occur. Deeper epicenters often cause far less damage to the earth’s surface, though they can be widely felt.

DML NEWS will continue to monitor the situation in the event more quakes strike the region.

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