Second earthquake hits the Philippines

Manila (dpa) - An earthquake measuring 5.1 points on the Richter Scale shook the central Philippines, days after northern provinces were jolted by a stronger tremor, officials said on Thursday.

The Philippine Institute for Vulcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the tremor struck at 1:12 p.m. (0512 GMT) on Wednesday.

The epicentre was located west of Ormoc City in Leyte province, 570 kilometres southeast of Manila.

The national disaster relief agency said no casualties were reported from the tremor, which caused minimal damage to properties in the affected areas.

But a news report said a construction worker was eletrocuted in Cebu province when the scaffolding he was on swayed and hit an electric post.

The Leyte tremor was the second to hit the Philippines this week. On Sunday, an earthquake measuring 6.8 points on the Richter Scale jolted Manila and at least eight northern provinces, killing five people and injuring more than 30 people.

The last major earthquake hit the Philippines in 1994, killing more than 70 people. The tremor with a magnitude of 7 triggered a tsunami in the central island of Mindoro.

In 1990, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.7 points hit the northern Philippines, killing more than 1,200 people and destroying hundreds of buildings. dpa gl js

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