A strong earthquake hit the main island of the Philippines on Monday, but no immediate damage was reported, the US Geological Survey and local officials said.
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Batangas province on the island of Luzon at 1:12 a.m. (5:12 p.m. GMT), with residents of the neighboring capital, Manila, awakened by the tremors of their buildings.
The quake was recorded at a depth of 98 kilometers (60 miles), the USGS said. The local seismological agency warned of the damage and aftershocks.
Deep earthquakes tend to do less damage than shallow tremors.
But authorities near the epicenter said they had not received any reports of damage.
“It was really strong,” said Jose Clyde Yayong, a disaster worker in the town of Tagaytay, in neighboring Cavite province.
“So far there have been no untoward incidents related to the earthquake.”
Leonardo Tristan, a disaster manager in the town of Looc on the western island of Mindoro, said the force of the quake caused some residents to rush outside.
“My wife was screaming ‘there is an earthquake!’ Tristan told AFP.
The Philippines is regularly shaken by earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan to Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.