5.9-magnitude offshore earthquake jolts southern Philippines

MANILA, April 19 (Bernama) — An offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 jolted Davao Oriental province within the southern Philippines on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology mentioned.

According to Xinhua, the institute mentioned the quake, which occurred at 9.23 am native time, hit at a depth of 49 kilometres, about 54 kilometres southeast of Manay city within the province.

The institute mentioned the tectonic quake will set off aftershocks and might trigger damages.

The Philippines has frequent seismic actions resulting from its location alongside the Pacific Ring of Fire characterised by lively volcanoes and frequent earthquakes.



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