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Moderate quake hits Philippine coast

MANILA, July 25, 2011 (AFP) – A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon on Tuesday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 1:15 am (1715 GMT Monday), 26 kilometres (16 miles) northwest of Olongapo, a coastal city of more than 200,000 people, at a depth of 61 kilometres.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”—a belt around the Pacific Ocean dotted by active volcanoes and tectonic trenches, where frequent eruptions and earthquakes take place.

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