Magnitude 6.1 quake hits Batangas, felt in Manila

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A 6.3-magnitude quake struck parts of Luzon, with Intensity 4 felt in Manila.

Office workers in the capital left their buildings but no damage was apparent after the quake struck at about noon.

A strong but deep natural disaster struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon and was felt in Manila.

'Due to its depth we do not expect any damage, ' the institute's director Renato Solidum said on government television.

A 6.1 magnitude natural disaster was recorded in Batangas Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

Although the tremor was widely felt, no damage is expected and a tsunami warning has not been issued.

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The tremor shook buildings and forced the evacuation of offices and schools throughout Metro Manila.

'City hall employees as well as those transacting business there were ordered to leave the building as a precaution, ' government lawyer Bugsy del Rosario told AFP from Bacoor.

"It wasn't really that strong".

Court employees gather in front of their building after an natural disaster hit Manila on August 11, 2017.

The Philippine seismologists measured it at 6.1 magnitude while the US Geological Survey put it at 6.2.

The country is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where about 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes occur.

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