6.2-magnitude quake jolts Luzon, Philippines, no immediate report of damage

The United States Geological Service (USGS) measured the quake's strength at magnitude 6.2, with a depth of 168km.
The United States Geological Service (USGS) measured the quake's strength at magnitude 6.2, with a depth of 168km.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM USGS

MANILA - A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Philippine island of Luzon on Friday (Aug 11) and tremors could be felt in the capital Manila.

The epicentre of the quake, which happened at about 1pm local time, was located near Tuy town in Batangas province, just two hours' drive south of metropolitan Manila. Several popular resorts are in this area.

The quake has a depth of  168 km, according to the United States Geological Service (USGS). 

No tsunami warning was issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, which put the magnitude of the quake at 6.3.  

Aftershocks could be expected, the institute said, but it did not expect any damage from the quake.

Tremors could be felt in Manila where people hurriedly evacuated buildings as a precaution. 

Television footage also showed students standing outside schools.