8 magnitude natural disaster shakes southern Philippines

8 magnitude natural disaster shakes southern Philippines

The deaths were reported in three different locations in Mindanao. The two other fatalities were a father and his child, who perished in town of Arakan in Cotabat, according to its governor Emily Lou Mendoza who spoke to radio DZMM.

Shocked Filipinos fled from a building as it collapsed during a 6.8 magnitude quake in the Philippines this morning (October 29) in which at least two people died.

The natural disaster was the second powerful quake to strike Mindanao in two weeks.

Though other students were injured in a "stampede" to escape the building, they survived.

The Philippines lies in the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur.

Locals were awed by the power of the quake, which was shallow and thus potentially more destructive.

"Our municipal hall has been destroyed", said Reuel Limbungan, mayor of Tulunan, a town near the epicentre.

There are no reports of injuries or damage to buildings. She said more than 100 villagers received injuries, mostly minor, in the province.

The USGS initially put the earthquake's magnitude at 6.8 and at 15 km depth.

The continuing tremors were causing anxiety on the ground, with people refusing to go back inside buildings for fear of being caught in any resulting collapse.

A 6.6-magnitude quake struck today in the southern Philippines, with authorities saying they expect damage to the area.

It also triggered power cuts in General Santos city, ANC news channel reported.

The quake struck 26km northeast of Tulunan, Cotabatom, about 100km southwest of Davao City, at 9.04am (8.04am in Thailand), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

One of the deadliest quakes to hit the Philippines recently was in April, provoking the collapse of a building near the capital Manila.

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