Quake hits Philippine island of Luzon, jolts buildings

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the quake.

Court employees gather in front of their building after an earthquake hit Manila on 11 August 2017. Picture: AFP

MANILA - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the Philippines' northern island of Luzon on Friday and was felt in the capital Manila, shaking buildings and forcing the evacuation of offices and schools.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the quake, which the United States Geological Survey earlier measured at 6.6. The quake struck at 1:28pm 10.7km southeast of Nasugbu, in the province of Batangas, at a depth of 168km.

No tsunami warning was issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, which put the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, and said it expected aftershocks.

The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes.