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Strong quake rocks Philippines, no casualties reported

In Davao, the quake awakened locals but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage (Representative image) (Wikipedia) Photograph: (Others)

AFP Manila, NCR, Philippines Sep 24, 2016, 02.27 AM (IST)
A 6.3-maginitude earthquake struck southern Philippines early on Saturday.

No casualties were reported and seismologists ruled out the possibility of a tsunami.

The offshore quake hit at 6:53 am (2253 GMT Friday) and woke people from their sleep in Davao, a major city with a population of about 1.5 million, officials told AFP.

"There was no report of damage yet but since the quake was offshore... we expect no significant damage," Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology chief Renato Solidum told AFP.

"(There is) no tsunami threat related to the quake," he added.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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