On Tuesday, August 18, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.7-magnitude earthquake 71 km (44 mi) south-southeast of Masbate City (Masbate). The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi) at 08:03 (local time). There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.
The Philippines is susceptible to frequent seismic activity due to its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire. Moderate to high-intensity earthquakes occur regularly within the country and the surrounding waters. Most of these tremors cause limited damage and casualties, but stronger earthquakes occasionally have a more significant impact.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g., under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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