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Earthquake in Manila
An earthquake shook buildings on Western side of Manila on the morning of Thursday the 25th March 2010. The earthquake measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and was enough to send people scurrying from houses and office buildings in righteous panic.
Although the tremors lasted for about half a minute there was no damage to property reported or any casualties. Although people worry at these times about the possibility of Tsunami, no warning was sounded and authorities believed the quake not to be big enough to trigger one.
Earthquakes are happening all the time and many pass unnoticed by press or public. The Manila quake was just one of thirteen taking place around our planet up to 13.40 GMT today. The Manila Earthquake at 6.2 is the largest so far.
If it sounds worrying then think on the fact that there were 27 earthquakes recorded yesterday. None reached a reading of 6.0 and there were 28 the day before, the highest reading 5.9. They are all around us every day. Did the earth move for you today?
View of Manila
The Philippines has more than its fair share of natural disasters with regular visits by Typhoons, the occassional volcanic eruptions and, just now and then, an earthquake. The last major quake took place in 1990 killed 2,000 people. Another in 1994 caused a tsunami which killed several dozen.
Baywalk in Manila
Hearing a brief clip of news on the BBC this morning I immediately telephoned a very close friend who lives in the greater Manila area. I was worried. I needn't have been. She was unaware that an earthquake had taken place. Good news.