Earthquake jolts central Philippines region
A powerful earthquake of 6.6 magnitude struck a central Philippine region today, damaging houses, low-slung buildings and a seaport and prompting people to run outdoors for safety.
- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the 6.6 magnitude quake hit about 5 kilometers from Cataingan at a depth of about 21 kilometers.
- Renato Solidum, who heads the government institute, said there was no threat of a tsunami from the earthquake, which was set off by movement in the Philippine Fault. The quake was felt in several provinces across the central Visayas region.
- The Philippines lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur. A 7.7 magnitude quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.
Why Indonesia Philippi has so many earthquakes
- Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it's on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The area shaped like a shoe spans 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) and is where a majority of the world's earthquakes occur.
- One of the most seismically active zones on the planet, it stretches from Japan and Indonesia on one side of the Pacific all the way across to California and South America on the other.
- "Plate tectonics and the Ring of Fire are the main reasons why Indonesia has so many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions," CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. "The earth below them is constantly changing and constantly moving."