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Ring of Fire: 6.5-magnitude quake hits central Philippine island

Staff Writer |
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled the central Philippines Thursday, US seismologists said, with shaking reported although residents in two major cities reported no major damage.

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The quake hit at a depth of around six kilometres (four miles), on the central island of Leyte, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There was no immediate warning of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Large parts of Leyte were devastated by super typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

Huge tsunami-like waves smashed the city of Tacloban and nearby areas, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing.

n February, a 6.5-magnitude quake killed eight people and left more than 250 injured outside the southern city of Surigao.

The following month a 5.9-magnitude tremor killed one person there in March.

Before the Surigao quakes, the last lethal earthquake to hit the country was a 7.1-magnitude tremor that left more than 220 people dead and destroyed historic churches when it struck the central islands in October 2013.

The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many quakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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