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An earthquake has struck the Samar region of the Philippines. The preliminary magnitude was 5.7, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning has not been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Details from the USGS:


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 12:55:37 UTC

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 08:55:37 PM at epicenter

Location: 11.162°N, 125.831°E

Depth: 36 km (22.4 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

19 km (11 miles) NE of Guiuan, Samar, Philippines

93 km (57 miles) E of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines

156 km (96 miles) NNE of Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines

652 km (405 miles) SE of MANILA, Philippines

This article will be updated if the event proves significant.