Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes near Manila

Shashinka Vidusara
Students evacuate following an earthquake, in Manila, Philippines, December 5, 2023.

A strong earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.2, later downgraded to 5.9, has struck near Manila, with the tremors felt in the capital around 4:23 pm on Tuesday afternoon.

A report by GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN) states the tremor hit Mindoro at 08:23:51.1 UTC, with a magnitude of 6.2 (mb). The epicentre was plotted at 120.47°E 13.78°N.

Philippine media reported the tremors were felt in Paranaque and Quezon City, both suburbs of Manila.

Government volcanology agency Phivolcs, on the other hand, reported the quake’s magnitude at 5.9.

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