What was recorded as a magnitude 6 earthquake, considered strong by scientific standards, was hardly felt in Batanes when it struck Sunday night.

The earthquake hit the northernmost province of Batanes but reports from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology showed that no resident was hurt and no property was damaged on that island province.

The quake's epicenter was located at 113 kilometers northwest of the capital Basco. The quake, which struck at 10:58 p.m., was felt at Intensity 2 on Itbayat island in Batanes.

An Intensity 2 quake means people would feel the movement when they are at rest. A magnitude 6 earthquake could cause a lot of damage in highly populated areas.

Batanes, an isolated province in the north, is sparsely populated and has all-weather houses built to withstand strong typhoons.