MANILA, April 4, 2013 (AFP) - A moderate earthquake shook buildings in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday, the government said, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The quake struck in the rural north of the country, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology chief Renato Solidum told AFP, describing it as "moderate" and adding he did not expect damage in the capital.
The US Geological Survey said the quake, with a magnitude of 5.3, struck at 10:27 am (0227 GMT), 158 kilometres northeast of Manila. It had a depth of 38 kilometers.
Indonesia on Wednesday executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger, reports said, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour. Authorities put the seven plus a local man to death after midnight (1700 GMT Tuesday) on a high-security prison island in central Indonesia. Eight convicts -- two Australians, one from Brazil and four from Africa, as well as the Indonesian -- were put to death on Nusakambangan Island, MetroTV and …