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5.3 magnitude quake shakes northern Philippines, casualties unknown

Published on Feb 17, 2014 3:35 PM

MANILA (AFP) - A 5.3 magnitude quake shook the northern Philippines on Monday but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Chief government seismologist Renato Solidum said the quake was tectonic in origin with its epicentre off the north coast of the country's main island of Luzon.

There was no sign of the quake causing a tsunami but aftershocks were expected, he said.

The civil defence office said there were no reports of damage or panic.

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