Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Rattles Philippines

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A powerful earthquake rattled parts of the Philippines Friday afternoon, Aug. 11.

The magnitude 6.3 quake struck around 1:30 p.m. near the resort town of Nasugbu, and it was felt throughout metro Manila, which is about 65 km away.

Office buildings in the capital were briefly evacuated, according to The Associated Press.

But the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reports this earthquake was deep, about 177 km deep, so no damage is expected at the surface.

The institute is predicting some minor aftershocks though.

Nasugbu is in Batangas province, which The Philippine Star reports was rocked by multiple earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks in early April.

Elsewhere in Asia, a destructive magnitude 7.0 earthquake triggered landslides, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 200 more in China.

As of Thursday afternoon, rescue crews in Sichuan province were still rescuing people buried beneath the rubble.