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MILD QUAKE HITS PHILIPPINES, CAUSES NO INJURIES

A moderate earthquake shook two central provinces at dawn Wednesday, rousing residents from sleep but causing no injuries and only minor damage, officials said.

The 5.0-magnitude quake was centered about 12 miles southeast of Catbalogan town in central Samar province.

"People were awakened and ran out of their homes," said Luz Tacal, a social welfare officer in Catbalogan, about 330 miles southeast of Manila.

The Philippine archipelago sits on at least four major faults and lies in the so-called Pacific "ring of fire" where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.

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