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Typhoon Noul weakens after lashing Philippines, heads for Japan

Typhoon Noul weakened on Monday as it headed to southern Japan after dumping heavy rains and bringing strong winds that flattened houses in coastal areas on the northeastern tip of the Philippines. 

5.8 quake rocks northern Philippines: USGS

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.