May 10, 2006

Mild quakes trips power in central Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - A mild earthquake rattled central
Philippines on Wednesday, causing a power outage on Leyte
island, hit by a mudslide in February that buried nearly 1,000

Renato Solidum, Manila's chief seismologist, said there
were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, but power on
the island was interrupted after a geothermal plant in Tongonan
town, in the north of the island, was automatically shut down.

"We don't expect any damage because the quake was not
really strong," Solidum told Reuters, adding the 4.2 magnitude
tremor was felt at about 10 a.m.

Earthquakes and other natural disasters occur frequently in
the Philippines, which lies on a seismically active stretch of
the Pacific basin.

In February, heavy flooding triggered a deadly landslide in
southern Leyte, entombing hundreds of people in the remote
farming village of Guinsaugon, about 420 miles southeast of

In 1990, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale
killed 1,600 people in the northern island of Luzon.