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Earthquake recorded off coast of Philippines

By Andrew V. Pestano

MANILA, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Monday near the island of Mindanao, Philippines Monday.

The earthquake happened at about 9:30 a.m. local time. Less violent aftershocks are expected as well as possible tsunamis and fires, the most common hazard after an earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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One of the nearest cities from the epicenter is Cagayancillo in the islands of Palawan, 70 miles away.

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