5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of the Philippines

Tremors of magnitude 5.9 was recorded Monday off the coast of the Philippines, the website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs) reported on its website that the epicenter of the earthquake was located 67 km north of the city Palimbang in the southern province of Sultan Kudarat, and focus lies at a depth of 36 kilometers under the sea of Sulawesi.

Quake caused panic in six major cities of the southern Philippines, but the information about the possible destruction and deaths have been reported yet.

Phivolcs also said that after a strong earthquake on Friday in the central part of the Philippine archipelago, at the moment there was a 371-magnitude quake to 5.0.

The epicenter of the earthquake magnitude of 7.6, was felt almost all over the Philippine archipelago, was located at 112 km south-east of the town of Guiuan, in the province of Eastern Samar. Its center lies a 45 km below the surface of the Philippine Sea.

Earthquake affected more than 28,000 people, destroyed 78 homes, but only one person was killed.

Philippines passes through the Pacific "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40 thousand kilometers. He circles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan and Indonesia and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific. It is in the "Ring of Fire" is the vast majority of the known volcanic planet. There are also 90% of all earthquakes in the world.

In July 1990, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 in the northern Philippines killed more than 1.6 thousand people.

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