Strong, but deep natural disaster shakes northern Philippines

Solidum dismissed fears of tsunami because of its depth of 160 kilometres but warned residents in the affected areas to be on alert for possible aftershocks.

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 6.2 natural disaster struck near Tuy, Philippines on Friday.

The tremor's epicentre was located south-west of Nasugbu town in Batangas province, 65km south of Manila, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

NOT A DRILL Students of Araullo High School in Manila duck, cover and hold after being told to evacuate Friday afternoon.

Metro Manila residents reported feeling the natural disaster as far north as Quezon City.

The Philippines lies on the Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

In August 1986, a powerful magnitude 8.1 temblor rumbled through Mindanao and killed 8,000 people, considered the worst natural disastert in Philippine history.

In an interview over radio station dzBB, Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said the quake was caused by the movement of the Manila Trench.

Vanessa Coleman