Powerful Earthquakes Strike the Philippines & Indonesia, No Tsunami Warnings Issued

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Less than 100 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging between 6.1 and 6.9 occur every year on Earth. Earthquakes carrying a magnitude anywhere from 7 to 8 are severely destructive, and occur fewer than 15 times a year.
A strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Philippines early Monday, at approximately 5:05 a.m., local time, in the region of Luzon, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) revealed. The quake was initially detected as a magnitude 6.5.
The EMSC reported that the earthquake affected the southwest region of the tropical country, striking at a depth of 10 kilometers and felt as far away as 124 kilometers southwest of Olongapo, Philippines.
The region, made up of roughly 7,000 islands, sees extreme weather and earthquakes frequently.
Shortly afterward, the monitoring agency detected what was initially thought to have been a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck nearby Indonesia, before being downgraded to a magnitude 6.6.
Data provided by EMSC indicates seismic activity in Kepulauan Batu, Indonesia, at a depth of 20 kilometers.
No Tsunami warning has been issued for the Philippines, and authorities in Indonesia have stated that the undersea quake prompted no immediate damages nor a tsunami warning.
Testimonials collected by the bureau reveal that the quakes were felt strongly within the region, with one individual in Malaysia relaying that if felt as if "someone was pushing" their bed.
"Woke up cause the bed was shaking and realized that the ceiling fan and light were also shaking," wrote one individual in Kuala Lampur. "Staying in an apartment on the 15th floor."
In response to the quake that struck the Philippines, a resident reported that the shaking lasted for "around 20 seconds."
Depending on the density of the local population, earthquakes of this size are serious and capable of causing severe damage.
There have been no reports of fatalities or injuries.
Three smaller aftershocks were felt in the region after the initial quakes, measuring at magnitude 4.8, 3.4 and 4.4, according to the EMSC.
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