6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Northern Philippines on March 20

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), a 6.1-magnitude quake struck the northern Philippine provinces including the capital city, Manila on March 20, 2011 at 4:26PM.

The Institute located the epicenter of the 39-KM deep tectonic quake at 122 kilometers northeast of Laoag City.

Quake's epicenter located in northeast of Laog City | Photo courtesy of Philvolcs

Philvolcs also reported that the quake was felt at Intensity 5 in Pasuquin and Pagudpud Ilocos Norte; Intensity 4 in Calayan Island and Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Intensity 3 in Basco, Batanes; Sinait, Ilocos Norte and the towns of Gonzaga and Calamaniogan in Cagayan, and Manila City; and Intensity 2 in Baguio City.

Aftershocks are also expected according to the institute's bulletin of the said seismic activity.

There has been no damages reported.

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