Series of moderate quakes strike Philippines

Series of moderate quakes strike Philippines
Students of Bagong Silangan Elementary school cover their head during an earthquake drill in Manila on March 19, 2014. A series of moderate earthquakes and aftershocks hit the Philippines early Sunday, with US geologists estimating the shallowest – a magnitude-5.1 tremor – at just one kilometre deep, but there were no initial reports of damage.

MANILA - A series of moderate earthquakes and aftershocks hit the Philippines early Sunday, with US geologists estimating the shallowest - a magnitude-5.1 tremor - at just one kilometre deep, but there were no initial reports of damage.

The first quake struck off the southern island of Mindanao at around 3am local time, some 30km east-northeast of the city of Cortes, according to the USGS.

It was followed by at least six moderate aftershocks, the strongest a magnitude-5.3 that was four kilometres deep, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

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