2-magnitude quake hits Philippines

There are no immediate reports of death of serious injury. Source USGS

A 6.1 magnitude quake was recorded in Batangas Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The quake struck an area off Nasugbu, around 100 kilometers away from Manila, at 7:22 a.m., Phivolcs said.

Despite regular quake drills, studies have shown that Metro Manila, the country's most populated region, is poorly prepared for the devastation foreseen in case "the big one" strikes.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology did not issue any tsunami warning and said that it expected aftershocks.

The tremor shook buildings and forced the evacuation of offices and schools throughout Metro Manila.

NOT A DRILL Students of Araullo High School in Manila duck, cover and hold after being told to evacuate Friday afternoon.

Phivolcs said that at Intensity II quake, few individuals at rest indoors feel the shaking.

Experts pointed out that the Philippines belongs to the so-called "Pacific ring of fire" where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are a common occurrence.

A powerful natural disaster rattled parts of the Philippines Friday afternoon, August 11.

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