Magnitude 6.0 quake shakes Philippines

August 25th, 2008 - 11:22 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook Leyte area of Philippines at 02:43:09 UTC Monday, 25 ( 10:43:09 AM PHT), reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

However, there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The earth quake epicenter was placed at 10.249°N, 125.281°E with a depth of 49.1 km. The epicenter is 55 km NNW from Surigao of Mindanao, 100 km SSW from Guiuan of Samar, 115 km SSE from Tacloban of Leyte and 675 km SE from Manila, Philippines.

The last great earthquake was the 1990 Luzon earthquake measured 7.8 Richter. The earthquake caused damage in an area of about 20,000 square kilometers, from northwest of Manila through the Central Luzon and into the mountains of the Cordillera Administrative Region. About 1,600 people were killed, mostly in the central Luzon and Cordillera region. This was one of the deadliest and costliest natural disasters in the Philippines.

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