1 magnitude natural disaster hits Philippine

Damage from an earthquake in the Philippines in 2013

Damage from an earthquake in the Philippines in 2013

A magnitude 6.3 natural disaster has jolted the Philippines, including the capital, triggering panic among residents but no reports of damages or casualties.

MANILA, Philippines -Fear was apparent in the faces of employees in different government offices this afternoon when a magnitude 6.3 natural disaster rocked Batangas, and was felt in Metro Manila.

'Due to its depth we do not expect any damage, ' the institute's director Renato Solidum said on government television.

The authorities said they were checking whether the quake had caused any damage.

The Presidential place is among several key buildings in Manila that have been evacuated.

ABS-CBN television also showed photos of students stood outside schools.

No tsunami alerts have been issued.

"It wasn't really that strong". We did not see anyone running out of buildings here, ' fire officer John Christopher Carandang told AFP by telephone from Lian, a town of 46,000 people about 70 kilometres south of Manila.

The Philippines sits in the "Ring of Fire", a large arc of faultines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to large earthquakes.

"The quake was deep, that's why many people felt it", he said. The authorities put the magnitude of the quake at 6.3.

A 7.2 magnitude quake hit the province of Bohol in October 2013 in which more than 200 people were killed.

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