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Hanoi (VNA) - An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude hit the southern island of Samar, the Philippines, on April 23, a day after a 6.1 quake rattled the country's north.

There is no threat of a tsunami, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

On April 22, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Gutad town on the Philippines’ Luzon island. The number of toll has climbed up to 16 people. The disaster also left 81 others injured, and 14 remaining unaccounted for.

Phivolcs said it has recorded more than 400 low-magnitude aftershocks since April 22 night.

The country lies within the Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Phivolcs records an average of 20 earthquakes a day and 100 to 150 earthquakes are felt per year.-VNA