Intense earthquake hits Philippines
( 2003-09-01 11:15) (HK observatory)
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolted the western coast of the Philippines, the
Hong Kong Observatory said Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries
The earthquake was centered over the South China Sea about 90 miles
west-southwest of Manila. It hit Sunday at 8:46 p.m. in the Philippines, the
observatory said in a statement.
A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage.
The Philippines is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes
and volcanic activity are common.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake in 1990 killed nearly 2,000 people on the main
island of Luzon.