5.9 magnitude quake off southern Philippines
MANILA, Feb 8, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck at sea
off the southern Philippine coast late Friday, though there were no early
reports of damage and the local seismology office said it expected none.
The US Geological Survey and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and
Seismology said the quake struck at 7:55 pm (1155 GMT), its epicentre about
41 kilometres (25 miles) east of the town of General Luna on Mindanao island.
It had a relatively shallow depth, measured at 24 kilometres by the US
agency — and 19 kilometres by the local quake monitors — but the latter
said in an advisory that it was not expected to have caused damage.
The Philippines is part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense
seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia
and across the Pacific basin.