Earthquake Strikes phillippines near manila

A magnitude-5.9 earthquake has struck the Philippines, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said.

This was the strongest quake in a series of three earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 to 5.9 to hit  Batangas in the Luzon province, about 55 miles (90km) south of Manila, around 3pm local time or 7am GMT.

The USGS said the quakes occurred over a period of about 20 minutes.

A Reuters reporter said feeling a tremor for over a minute in the Makati business district of Manila.

AFP reporters said they saw people running out of office buildings in Manila’s financial district.

Local television network ABS CBN broadcast images of passengers rushed to leave the Batangas International Port, which is near the epicentre of the earthquakes.

There were no immediate reports of victims or damage.

The strongest quake is reported to be at a depth of 27 miles (43km).

More to follow.

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