Strong quake jolts eastern Philippines, no damage reported

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake was detected off the eastern Philippines. (iStock)
A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake was detected off the eastern Philippines. (iStock)

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake was detected off the eastern Philippines on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties, authorities said.

The epicentre of the quake - which struck at 2:19 pm local time (0619 GMT) - was about 310km east of the capital Manila in the Philippine Sea, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was 6.1-magnitude, but Philippine authorities said it was 5.9-magnitude.

The USGS said the epicentre was at a depth of 17.9km.

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