Powerful earthquake kills at least six in southern Philippines

February 11, 2017 10:33
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A powerful earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, killing at least 6 people and injuring over a hundred others, disaster officials said on Saturday (February 11).

The 6.7 earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km and the epicenter was about 13 km east of the city of Surigao, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A report by the Surigao Del Norte regional disaster agency said power lines in Surigao City were cut and several structures were badly damaged. Surigao's airport was closed due to cracks in the runway.

At least 6 casualties, including a four-year old boy, were reported, while over 108 were injured, it said.

One resident recounted how they were woken by Friday night's quake.

"My family and I were already sleeping inside our house when, at around 10 p.m., everything just shook. It was really strong," said Manuel Cervantes.

Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines' seismic agency, said on radio on Saturday morning 89 aftershocks had been recorded and more could be expected but they were unlikely to cause significant damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.

The earthquake was the strongest since the city was rocked by a 6.9 quake in 1879, Solidum said.

The Philippines on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes.

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