Strong, but deep, earthquake shakes northern Philippines

Office workers wear protective gear as they evacuate their building after an earthquake was felt in Manila, Philippines on Friday. (AP Photo)

MANILA -- A strong but deep earthquake struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon and was felt in Manila.

Office workers and students in the capital briefly evacuated their buildings after feeling the swaying and shaking, but no damage was reported.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said no damage was expected because the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 160 kilometres. Deeper epicentres often cause less damage at the Earth's surface, though they can be widely felt.

The institute said the epicentre was 16km southwest of Batangas province's resort town of Nasugbu, which is around 65km southwest of Manila.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude was 6.2.

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