Earthquake strikes Philippines, agency says major damage unlikely

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake which struck in Zambales had a magnitude of 5.3.
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake which struck in Zambales had a magnitude of 5.3.PHOTO: USGS

MANILA (REUTERS) - An earthquake was felt in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday (May 25), Reuters witnesses and the country's seismology agency said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a in Tweet to expect aftershocks, but major damage was unlikely.

It said the quake was magnitude 5.5 reported and occurred in Zambales north-west of Manila, on the main island of Luzon.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.3 and struck at a depth of 93 km.

Reuters witnesses felt the quake in for up to 20 seconds and tall buildings shook briefly.