Manila hit by 5.7 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale has hit the Philippines near the capital Manila.
An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale has hit the Philippines near the capital Manila.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 has struck south of the Philippines capital Manila, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) says.

The agency said the quake struck at a depth of 74 km early on Monday morning and that aftershocks and damage could be expected.

The epicentre of the earthquake was in Occidental Mindoro province, and it was felt in Manila.

The country is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent quakes, particularly in the south.

Australian Associated Press