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Strong 6.3 quake rocks Philippines

Strong 6.3 quake rocks Philippines

A strong 6.2-magnitude quake rocked the region south of the Philippine capital on Friday, causing buildings in Manila to sway, seismologists said.

An natural disaster of magnitude 6.2 hit the Philippines' northern island of Luzon on Friday and was felt in the capital Manila, shaking buildings and forcing the evacuation of offices and schools.

Students use their hands to cover their heads as they evacuate their school premises after an quake hit the northern island of Luzon and was felt in the Metro Manila, Philippines August 11, 2017.

The authorities added that the tremor was felt in the capital Manila.

Metro Manila residents reported feeling the natural disaster as far north as Quezon City.

Talisay, Batangas felt Intensity 1. The shaking buildings forced the evacuation of offices and schools. At the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, students were immediately sent to the UST open field, the largest open space on campus.

Phivolcs said the natural disaster was tectonic in origin and aftershocks are expected from the quake, the initial report from Phivolcs said.

Eight people also died and more than 250 were injured following a 6.5-magnitude quake outside the southern city of Surigao in February.

Such depth will not generate a tsunami, he clarified.

"Aftershocks are possible, but remember this quake struck deep so it was not destructive", he said.