Strong Quake Hits Southern Philippines, No Damage Reports
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A strong earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Sunday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties, scientists said.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the epicenter was about 25 miles south of the coastal town of Bislig, about 470 miles southeast of Manila.
In Hong Kong, the Royal Observatory measured the quake at 6.9 on the Richter Scale. Philippine authorities said the quake was strong enough to have caused damage and casualties but that none had been reported.
Officials said the quake was recorded at 5:53 p.m. (5:53 a.m. EDT) but no other details were available.
The Richter scale is a gauge of the energy released by an earthquake, as measured by ground motion recorded on a seismograph.
Every increase of one digit means a tenfold increase in the earthquake’s magnitude. A quake measuring 7 on the scale is capable of causing widespread damage.