A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the central Philippines on Monday, sparking evacuations from offices in Manila. Frightening footage shows skyscrapers swaying back and forth as debris falls nearby. The video was posted on Twitter captioned: “Buildings swaying in Manila after a 6.3 earthquake strikes in the Philippines.” The earthquake struck 60km northwest of Manila, at a depth of 40km.
The USGS initially said the magnitude was 6.4 but later downgraded it.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Local residents reported feeling shakes in Manila, Ususan Taguig City and Pampanga.
One witness said: “I did hear some glass breaking outside our house and there were other people screaming and frightened.
“I did have some experiences on earthquake occurrences but this might be the first time that I was terrified of what might happen to us. It was quite long actually and that made it even worse.”
Another witness said: “Building swayed quite scarily. Almost lost my footing while walking.
“No breakage/tumble. Estimate two waves, second stronger. About 15-20 secs altogether.”
One wrote: “Inside the car in the 3rd level parking floor. The car was dancing on its suspension.
“Some shaking felt for about 2 minutes then subsided. Now building siren blaring.”
Another witness, who felt the earthquake in Malolos said: “Lampshade shaking, cabinets creaking, lights hanging from the ceiling were swaying.”
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.
The volcanic zone is home to 452 volcanoes.
The region also has a series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, volcanic belts, and tectonic plate movements, which make it extremely prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.
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