Major earthquake hits the Philippines

(CNN) -- A magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck in the southeastern Philippines on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter of the quake was 391 miles (629 kilometers) south-southeast of Manila, near Balilihan, and its depth was 35 miles (56 kilometers) according to the USGS.

There was no widespread threat of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, but it warned that earthquakes this large can sometimes cause tsunamis within 61 miles (100 kilometers) of the epicenter.

Balilihan is in the province of Bohol.


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