Quake hits the Philippines

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There was no tsunami warning from the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. Photo credit: Getty

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 has struck northern Mindanao in the south of the Philippines, injuring 25 people and causing damage to several houses, buildings and infrastructure, Philippine authorities say.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which was initially reported as being of magnitude 5.8 by the US Geological Survey (USGS), occurred at 4:42am Saturday and its epicentre was situated in Carrascal, in the Surigao Del Sur area.

There was no tsunami warning from the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre immediately after the quake.

Philippine disaster officials said 25 people suffered minor injuries and were treated at a hospital in the town of Madrid.

The tremor caused the ceiling of a church to collapse and it slightly damaged several houses, a government building and a public market, according to disaster officials. Cracks also appeared on a bridge.

The Philippines is prone to natural disasters arising from its location on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Reuters