5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Philippineson July 26, 2011 at 1:48 am
A moderate earthquakes truck Phillippine island of Luzonon 26th July early Tuesday morning .The seismologists and witnesses said that “there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties”.
The 5.9-magnitude earthquake at 1.15 a.m. local time (1715 GMT Monday) was centered about 3.5 kilometers (2.1 miles) west of San Marcelino, a small city in the province of Zambales. The earthquake struck about 30 kilometers (18 miles) deep, making it a low magnitude earthquake, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
The phillipines is on the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin which is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions also occur frequently in the region. In July 1990, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the densely populated island of Luzon, killing at least 2,412 people and injuring thousands more. It was one of the most deadly earthquakes in the Philippines in recent history.