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The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean, and consists of about 7,640 islands, that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Wikipedia

Capital: Manila

Dialing code: +63

President: Rodrigo Duterte

Population: 109.6 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Philippine peso

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On Thursday, February 16, 2023, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Batuan, Masbate in the Philippines, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs). The quake was initially measured at magnitude 5.7 but was later revised to 6.0.

The earthquake occurred at around 2:10 a.m., with its epicenter located 11 kilometers southwest of Batuan, Masbate. The tremor was felt in various areas of Masbate, including nearby provinces.

Phivolcs reported that the earthquake caused damage to 61 houses, 15 schools, and six buildings. The extent of the damage was not immediately clear, but local authorities have already started conducting assessments and providing assistance to affected residents.

According to Phivolcs, the earthquake was caused by the movement of a local fault in the area. The agency also warned that there could be aftershocks, and advised residents to stay vigilant and be prepared for any eventuality.

In the wake of the earthquake, the government has mobilized its resources to assist the affected communities. The Philippine National Red Cross, for instance, has dispatched personnel and equipment to the area to help with the assessment and relief operations.

Overall, the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Batuan, Masbate on February 16 has caused damage to numerous buildings and structures in the area. While the situation is still developing, the authorities are working tirelessly to provide assistance and support to those who have been affected.

 

 

 

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