MANILA, Philippines – A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits west of Manila, Philippines on Thursday. The seismology institute reported the magnitude of the earthquake caused buildings in the Philippine capital to shake. Frightened workers fled their office buildings in attempt to take shelter gather along the streets of Manilla.
There are no reports of casualties or damage. Nor has there been a tsunami alert issued. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported the quake at a magnitude of 6.2 that then lowered to 6.0 according to director, Renato Solidum. “Essentially, this would not trigger significant damage,” Solidum said.
Solidum added that the quake was centered off Lubang Island in Mindoro Occidental province, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of Manila, six miles (10 kilometers) under the seabed. Officially, the U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.1 and depth at 21 miles (33 kilometers).
Lubang Island is near the southern end of the Manila Trench, a fault line about 560 miles (900 kilometers) long on the ocean floor under the South China Sea along the western flank of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon.
Editha Vargaz of the Land Bank of Philippine’s risk management group said she and dozens of other colleagues existed the building seeking safety along the street of the bank’s headquarters on the 31st floor of the 34-story building.
“We were very calm,” she said, citing training from regular earthquake and fire evacuation drills.
Manilla has experienced devastating earthquakes in the past. he last major quake registered a magnitude 7.7 was in 1990. It killed nearly 2,000 people on the main northern island of Luzon. In 1994, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake set off by a local fault near Lubang carried with it a tsunami that killed 78 people on Mindoro.