Strong earthquake shakes Philippines and northern Indonesia on January 21

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      A major earthquake has shaken the Philippines and some parts of northern Indonesia.

      A 7.0-magnitude quake struck at 9:23 p.m. local time (4:23 a.m. Vancouver time) on January 21, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

      As the depth of the seismic activity was 95 kilometres (59 miles), the U.S. Tsunami Warning Centre stated that it was not expected to generate a tsunami and, consequently, a tsunami alert was not issued.

      The epicentre was positioned 211 kilometres (131 miles) southeast of Pondaguitan, Philippines; 231 kilometres (143 miles) east of Caburan, Philippines; and 311 kilometres (193 miles) southeast of Davao, Philippines.

      Although shaking and power outages were reported in the Philippines and the northern Indonesian island of Sangihe, there weren't any immediate reports of damage.

      A 4.5-magnitude quake followed in the same area at 11:40 p.m. local time (6:40 a.m. Vancouver time), with an epicentre at a depth of 120 kilometres (75 miles) and located 192 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Pondaguitan, and 293 kilometres (182 miles) southeast of Davao.

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