Earthquake in Philippines shakes at 6.7 Magnitude

Philippines Recent Earthquake Activity 02/07/12 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - The Philippines were shaken by several earthquakes starting on February 6, 2012, with several tremors measuring 5.0 and up to 6. 7 magnitude. Around 745 aftershocks have occurred in the Negros – Cebu Region of the Philippines over the last day.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake was downgraded from a 6.9 by the US Geological Survey (USGS). The closest city to this event is Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines, which is 44 miles north. The USGS received reports of severe to violent shaking of respondents with moderate to heavy damage. The earthquake happened at 11:49 am local time, February 6, 2012.

According to a Philippines Star report, officials believe that 52 people have died. This includes 29 people that are believed to have been buried by a landslide that was triggered by the earthquake. Another landslide also killed 10 people.

The Philippines island chain is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which makes it prone to earthquakes.

By: Julie Marcus




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