Strong, but deep, earthquake shakes northern Philippines

Office workers wear protective gear as they evacuate their building after an earthquake was felt in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake's epicenter was five kms. (three miles) southwest of Batangas province's Lian town at a depth of 173 kilometers (107 miles). Office workers in the capital left their buildings but no damage was apparent after the quake struck about midday Friday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Office workers evacuate out to the street from their buildings after an earthquake was felt in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake's epicenter was five kms. (three miles) southwest of Batangas province's Lian town at a depth of 173 kilometers (107 miles). Office workers in the capital left their buildings after the quake struck about midday Friday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Office workers evacuate their building after an earthquake was felt in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake's epicenter was five kms. (three miles) southwest of Batangas province's Lian town at a depth of 173 kilometers (107 miles). Office workers in the capital left their buildings after the quake struck about midday Friday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA, Philippines — A strong but deep earthquake struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon but caused no apparent damage.

Office workers and students in the capital, Manila, briefly evacuated their buildings after feeling the moderately strong swaying and shaking.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said no damage was expected because the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 160 kilometers (99 miles). Deeper epicenters often cause less damage at the Earth's surface, though they can be widely felt.

The epicenter was 16 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of Batangas province's resort town of Nasugbu, which is around 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Manila.

"I felt the shaking, but it did not last that long," said Marjorie Caubalejo, a beach resort worker in Nasugbu. She said she and her co-workers went out of their office when they felt the tremor, but most of their guests were swimming and did not notice the earthquake. Power was not interrupted, she added.

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