5.2 magnitude tectonic earthquake strikes off the coast of the Philippines

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
By Paul Martin

May 9, 2012

COTABATO, Philippines – A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted southern Philippines Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Wednesday. According to Phivolcs, the quake, tectonic in origin with a depth of 34 km, was traced around 12:34 p.m. local time 150 km northeast of Tarragona town, in Davao Oriental. There were no reported casualties, said the agency. The Philippines sits in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where continental plates collide, producing frequent earthquakes and volcanic activities. The worst earthquake in the country happened on August 16, 1976 after a tsunami caused by a quake killed between 5,000 and 8,000 people in the Moro Gulf region in southern Philippines. –Phil Star

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