A strong earthquake shakes the northern Philippines

A major earthquake struck the northern Philippines late Tuesday, but officials said no major damage was expected and no tsunami warning has been issued.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, had an epicenter 16.2 km below the earth’s surface, 11 km from Dolores on the island of Luzon.

The US Tsunami Warning System said no warning was issued.

The earthquake was warned on a wide area in northern Luzon, but the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said it did not expect major damage.

The Philippine archipelago is located on the “Pacific Ring of Fire “, an ‘area along most of the Pacific, where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur, making the Southeast Asian country one of the most disaster prone in the world.

In July, a magnitude 7 earthquake triggered landslides and damaged buildings in the northern Philippines, killing at least five people and injuring dozens.

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.

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