Weather & Natural Disasters

Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude strikes central Philippines

Key Points
  • The quake struck 37 miles northwest of Manila at a depth of 25 miles.
  • There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage
A general view of the financial district of Makati City on May 8, 2013 in Manila, Philippines.
Dondi Tawatao I Getty Images

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the central Philippines on Monday, the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) said, and a Reuters witness said office buildings swayed in the main business district of the capital, Manila.

The quake struck 37 miles northwest of Manila at a depth of 25 miles. The USGS initially said the magnitude was 6.4 but later downgraded it slightly.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Some people evacuated their offices in Manila.

The Philippines is on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horse-shoe shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines circling the edges of the Pacific Ocean.