7.2-magnitude quake strikes off Sulu

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Posted at Jan 10 2017 03:53 PM

MANILA – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off Sulu on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs said the quake's epicenter is 223 kilometers southeast of Tongkil town. The quake struck at 2:13 p.m.

Intensity II was reported in General Santos City. Under Intensity II, the quake is felt by few individuals at rest indoors. Hanging objects swing slightly and still water in containers oscillates noticeably.

The quake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at a depth of 625 kilometers.

Phivolcs said the quake will not cause damage but is expected to produce aftershocks.

Phivolcs Science Research Analyst Julius Galdiano told dzMM that a tsunami is also unlikely to happen because of the quake.

"Ang parameters ng lindol na ito ay masyadong malalim para magkaroon ng paggalaw sa tubig," Galdiano said.