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Quake strikes off Philippine coast, no damage

MANILA, December 8, 2010 (AFP) – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the southern Philippines on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, but there were no reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued.

The quake struck at sea at 2:47 pm (0647 GMT), just over 110 kilometers (70 miles) from Davao City, a tourism and business hub on the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao, according to the US monitoring service.

An official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology told AFP there were no immediate reports of damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.

The institute recorded the quake as having a magnitude of 5.8, and said it was felt in different parts of Mindanao.

Residents of Davao noticed the ground shaking and objects swaying during the quake but there were no reports of casualties there.

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