A moderate earthquake measuring 5. 0 on the Richter scale rocked the southern Philippine region of Mindanao Sunday evening, US seismologist said.

There was no immediate report of casualties or damage from local authorities.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which struck at 7:06 p.m. local time (1106 GMT) at a depth of 78.6 kilometers, was traced 158 kilometers southeast of Davao, Mindanao, or 1105 kilometers southeast of Manila, the country's capital.

The Philippines sits in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where continental plates collide producing frequent quakes and volcanic activities.

Source: Xinhua