December 05, 2012 – PHILIPPINES – An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale has struck the eastern Philippines, but there have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred at 08:43 a.m. local time on Thursday (0043 GMT) and struck at a depth of 27.90 kilometers (17.3 miles). The epicenter of the tremor was located 95 kilometers (59 miles) east of Guiuan in the province of Eastern Samar, at 10.9717 degrees north latitude and 126.5972 degrees east longitude. The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is an area with intense seismic and volcanic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates. At least three strong earthquakes were recorded only last month. A magnitude-7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990. – Press TV.