An earthquake which struck east of the Philippine capital Manila on Friday September 13th, set buildings swaying and sent many people into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of damage, authorities said according to AFP.
Buildings in the capital were briefly evacuated and trains were halted as crews looked for any damage.
The 5.2 magnitude jolt hit offshore near the populated Polillo Island, about 130km from Manila, according to the US Geological Survey.
"We have not received any calls for help or reports of emergency incidents related to the quake," Tricia Cervantes, of the rescue office in Manila's Makati district, told AFP.
The shaking was felt strongly at the epicentre, but there were no immediate reports of destruction.
"Everyone rushed out of the buildings. We were terrified," Rezil Golbin, a civilian employee at the police office on Polillo Island told AFP.
"Even the prisoners in the jail cells here were shouting, 'Get us out of here!'" she said.